Okehampton Town Council have a number of facilities and services which are provided for use by the general public, including the Charter Hall which can be rented for a wide variety of functions and events. The impressive Council Chamber is available for hire and may be used for civil ceremonies. The Committee Room is also available for hire for meetings. Wifi is available in all rooms.
The town of Okehampton is situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor in West Devon. Okehampton is an ancient town and was initially settled in the Bronze Age. It lies at the confluence of the East and West Okement Rivers from which is takes its name. Okehampton has been described as the walking centre of Dartmoor. It is also popular with cyclists and walkers taking the Granite Way, a beautiful trail from Okehampton to Lydford.
The town has many attractions including the spectacular ruins of Okehampton Castle which date back to Norman times and the beautiful expansive parkland at Simmons Park with leisurely river side walks, ornamental gardens and a Swiss style chalet, multi sports facilities and playing areas for all ages as well as the Parklands Leisure Centre. The impressive tower of St James Chapel (15C) dominates the main street which in times gone by was the Old London Road lined with coaching inns which can still be seen today. The Town Hall, a handsome building with granite facade built in 1685 adds a touch of elegance to the town centre which also boasts a number of vibrant shopping arcades as well as the acclaimed Museum of Dartmoor Life.
Simmons Park Play Area ClosureDue to vandalism and the tampering with play equipment by persons unknown the play areas in Simmons Park are closed until further notice.
Notice of Vacancy for a Councillor
Town Council has a vacancy for a Councillor on the South Ward. A link to the document for the details of the vacancy can be found here (pdf)
Following a period of anti-social behaviour last autumn and in the early part of this year, Okehampton Town Council agreed to purchase body-worn CCTV devices for use by its members of staff who are employed to work in Simmons Park and other outdoor areas it maintains.
The devices have been purchased, the paperwork agreed and in place and the devices will be operational from Monday 8th June 2020. If necessary recorded footage will be passed to the Police and may be used as evidence of crime. Okehampton Town Council's objectives for the use of the body-worn CCTV:
- to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of employees when going about their normal day to day duties
- to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of the Council facilities
- to reduce the likelihood and frequency of confrontational incidents
- to reduce the possibility of the escalation of any incidents that occur
- to capture evidence of a crime in progress in the event that an employee comes across such an incident, for example vandalism or assault
Exercise of Public Rights
The period for the exercise of public rights and the publication of the Council's unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return will commence on Monday 6th July 2020, ending on Friday 14th August 2020. Details can be found on the Reports, Documents and Policies page of the website.
Town Council Meetings
Meetings of Okehampton Town Council will be undertaken remotely during the COVID-19 crisis as permitted under the Coronavirus Act 2020. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend remotely and should contact the Town Clerk for details of how they can do so: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01837 53179. Details of meetings will be available on the Agendas and Minutes page of the website.
Back in March the Town Council took the decision to close its offices in the Town Hall due to the Coronavirus pandemic for an undetermined period of time.
Whilst office based members of staff are still mainly working from home, the office is now open on Tuesdays between the hours of 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. Outside of these hours the Council is still be contactable: