hereOkehampton 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.
COVID19 – Tier 2 Restrictions from 2nd December
From 2nd December the latest lockdown ceases and Devon will enter Tier 2 Restrictions. Details of the restrictions can be found here.
Public toilets and play areas remain open, and the outdoor gym equipment in Simmons Park and the skatepark can reopen.
The Town Council Office will remain closed until at least 4th January 2021, staff continue to work from home and remain contactable. Arrangements can be made for the provision of parking permits for Simmons Park and other services as required by contacting the council:
Whats in the Window Spotter sheet
The shops and businesses in Okehampton have put some odd things in their windows such as a bar of soap in a bakers or an upside down menu in a cafe. Use the spotter sheet downloadable here
Return your sheet to the Town Hall Letter Box by Sunday 20th December to be in with a chance of winning a chocolate reindeer.
Devon County Council's Okehampton Town Centre traffic consultation
Okehampton Town Council's response can be found here
Council Meetings during COVID
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Town Council Meetings
The next remote meetings of the Town Council, the Policy & Resources Committee followed by the Planning Committee, commences at 7pm on Monday 7th December 2020. The agendas which includes details of how to join can be found on the Agenda and Minutes page of the website.
Reindeer Trail Sheet
Trail sheets are available from the Newsagents on Westbridge from the end of November - date to be confirmed. Find all 10 reindeers around Okehampton's shop windows and return your trail sheet for a prize.
Town Council Office Opening Hours- Office Closed
Staff are working from home and are available to contact either by phone 01837 53179 or by email email@example.com
Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 4pm
Mrs Emma James
Information about Okehampton
Visit Okehampton and Visit Dartmoor
For more information on Okehampton's shops and businesses visit https://www.visitokehampton.co.uk/