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Okehampton Town Council has a number of committees which are listed below with their membership. The Mayor and Chairs of the various committees are automatically members of all committees.

The Parks Committee has responsibility for the maintenance of Simmons Park, Kempley Meadows, Clapps Wood and other open spaces, the Town Council car parks, the skate park, the cemetery, some public rights of way, bus shelters and wayside seats. It also has responsibility for reviewing and implementing the Development Plan in respect of parks and open spaces.

The Planning Committee is responsible for reviewing and commenting where appropriate on all matters relating to planning, including individual applications and wider strategic planning matters. We are a statutory consultee in the planning process. 

The Policy and Resources Committee has responsibility for supervision and control of the Council's finances, including the allocation of occasional and regular grants to support organisations which benefit the residents of the town. It manages the personnel employed by the Council and oversees the use of IT.

The Property Committee has responsibility for the Civic buildings and property, including the Town Hall, Charter Hall and parts of the Market Hall, the public toilets at Fairplace and in Market Street as well as other smaller items of property owned by the Council.

The attendance of individual Members at scheduled meetings of committees of which they were members and at scheduled full council meetings held between 11 May 2020 and 8 March 2021 is shown as a percentage and can be seen below.

92%  Cllr Julie Yelland

82%  Cllr Michael Ireland

88% Cllr T Abbots (Co Opted 30/11/20)

76%  Cllr Greta Button

98%  Cllr Jan Goffey

86%  Cllr Carole Holt

97%  Cllr Paul Jessop

100%  Cllr Tony Leech

86%  Cllr Christine Marsh

100% Cllr B Matravers (Co Opted 30/11/20)

81%  Cllr David Penna (resigned 12.9.20)

96%  Cllr Deborah Sanger

100%  Cllr Bob Tolley

75%  Cllr Debra Travers

87%  Cllr Marilyn Tucker (resigned 27.7.20)

100% Cllr A Wood (Co Opted 30/7/20)

Policy and Resources Committee

Cllr Deborah Sanger (Committee Chair)
Cllr Brendan Matravers (Committee Vice Chair)
Cllr Greta Button
Cllr Antony Leech
Cllr Christine Marsh
Cllr Julie Yelland

Agenda and Minutes of Committee Meetings

Parks Committee

Cllr Debra Travers (Committee Chair)
Cllr Christine Marsh (Committee Vice Chair)
Cllr Terry Abbots
Cllr Greta Button
Cllr Carole Holt
Cllr Paul Jessop
Cllr Antony Leech

Agenda and Minutes of Committee Meetings

Property Committee

Cllr Ann Wood (Committee Chair)
Cllr Jan Goffey (Committee Vice Chair)
Cllr Carole Holt
Cllr Julie Yelland

Agenda and Minutes of Committee Meetings

Planning Committee

Cllr Dr Michael Ireland (Committee Chair)
Cllr Paul Jessop (Committee Vice Chair)
Cllr Terry Abbots
Cllr Jan Goffey
Cllr Brendan Matravers

Agenda and Minutes of Committee Meetings

Emergency Committee

Cllr Bob Tolley (Town Mayor)
Cllr Debra Travers (Chair, Parks)
Cllr Dr Michael Ireland (Chair, Planning)
Cllr Deborah Sanger (Chair, Policy and Resources)
Cllr Ann Wood (Chair, Property)

Agenda and Minutes of Committee Meetings