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Welcome to the official website of Okehampton Town Council

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.


Devon County Council's Okehampton Town Centre traffic consultation

 

Devon County Council's Okehampton Town Centre traffic consultation https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/consultations/okehampton-town-centre/ 

DCC have arranged a public consultation by way of a webinar (6pm on 21 October) and ‘drop-in’ event (5-7pm on 5 November). To attend these you need to register by emailing transportplanning@devon.gov.uk

Okehampton Town Council hopes to have some paper copies of the documentation available for persons who don't have access to the internet from early next week. The Council will be considering how it can facilitate the viewing of paper copies by members of the public in the Charter Hall in a COVID safe way over the next few weeks.

 

Please do take the time to have a look and submit your comments to DCC


Okehampton Remembrance Parade and Service – 8th November 2020

 

Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel the Remembrance Parade from Okehampton Town Centre to All Saints Church this year because of the COVID19 pandemic.

 

Rev Cook has confirmed that he will be hosting a short external service at All Saints Church which will commence promptly at 10.45am during which the Mayor, Cllr Julie Yelland, will read the names of the fallen.  Attendees must wear a face mask and strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.

 

Any queries should be directed to Rev Cook, 01837 659297


Notice of Co-option of Councillors to Okehampton Town Council

There are two Councillor vacancies, one on the South Ward and one on the North Ward.  The closing date for applications is 12noon on Wednesday 18th November 2020.  For further information please contact the Town Clerk

or the details and the applicationform can be found here


Body-Worn CCTV

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

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.  Details of how to attend can be obtained from the Town Clerk townclerk@okehampton.gov.uk or 01837 53179, or can be found on the relevant meeting agenda. Details of meetings are available on the Agendas and Minutes page of the website.

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