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 fašade 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 News
Fantastic News - Simmons Park has been awarded 'Much Loved' status in the Fields in Trust UK Best Park 2019 awards, having been placed within the top 20% of nominations UK-wide.
In total, 28 parks across the South West were nominated; Page Park in Bristol chosen as the best park in this region and 3 others achieving the 'Much Loved' status including our beautiful Simmons Park.
A big thank-you to those who took the time to vote for and support the park.
A presentation was held in Simmons Park at 10 am on Thursday 12th September to which the press were invited.
Casual Vacancy - Okehampton Town Council South Ward
Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists in the office of Town Councillor for the South Ward of Okehampton Town Council.
Unless ten or more electors of the south ward on or before 23rd September 2019 submit a request in writing for an election to be held, the Town Council will take steps to fill the vacancy by co-option.
Requests must be sent to the Returning Officer, West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock PL19 0BZ
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Servicehttps://www.dsfire.gov.uk/SaferTogether/ServiceDeliveryConsultation/Index.cfm?siteCategoryId=18&T1ID=211
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are considering their options regarding the future of how and where their services are continued to be delivered from. This could affect Okehampton, with a reduction in service. The consultation closes on 22nd September 2019.
The details and consultation documentation can be found at this address:
Town Councillor Surgery - Thursday 19th September + Saturday 28th September
Residents are welcome to come to the Town Hall to talk to a Town Councillor between 10 am and 12 noon on Thursday 19th September. There will also be a Town Councillor Surgery on Saturday 28th September in the Charter Hall, Market Street from 9.30 am until 12 noon.
2443 (Okehampton) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets
For anyone interested in becoming an Air Cadet, there is a recruitment and open evening on Monday 23rd September at 7 pm at Squadron Headquarters. Click here for further details.
Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm West Devon Borough Council Staff at the Ockment Centre
Do you need to speak to someone from West Devon Borough Council in person?
A member of staff is available every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm in the Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton.
Temporary Rolling Road Closure & Temporary Prohibition of Parking
Devon County Council give notice that there will be a temporary rolling road closure along Fore Street, East Street, Mill Road and George Street, Okehampton and a temporary prohibition of parking on Mill Road for the Mayor's Civic Service on Sunday 15th September 2019 between the hours of 09.30 and 12.30. Further details available here.
Tel: 01837 53179
Town Council Meetings
The next meeting of the Parks Committee will be held on Monday 16th September 2019 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall
Mayoral Musings - August 2019
See the Mayor's August News here
Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 9.30 am - 4 pm
Mrs Emma James