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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.


Community Governance - Boundary Review

Okehampton Town Council is seeking the democratic view of its residents to demonstrate the support of the community for a proposal to change the boundary that lies between the town and its surrounding hamlets.

A change to the boundary would brig the recent urban developments into the town increasing the population.  This would give OTC greater opportunity to:

  • continue to afford community projects
  • continue to provide services for the benefit of all
  • give OTC a greater democratic voice within the community and central government
  • bring increased opportunities and access to a wider range of funding
  • to provide future growth opportunities

Full details of the proposal can be found here or obtained from the Town Hall.
Notice of Vacancy

There is one vacancy on the South Ward of Okehampton Town Council.

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days of the date of this Notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Bank Holidays) ten electors from the Town give notice in writing to the Returning Officer requiring that such an election be held.

The address of the Returning Officer is West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ.  A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to elections@westdevon.gov.uk, but the document must contain 'wet ink' signatures.

If no such notice is given, the Town Council will fill the vacancy through co-option.

For further information please contact the Clerk to the Town Council.

Emma James, Town Clerk

3rd August 2022




Councillor Surgery

The next Councillor Surgery is on Thursday 15th September between 10am and 12noon for which a booking system is being trialed.  The appointments will be available either face to face or virtually through Zoom.  If you would like to make an appointment please contact the office on 01837 53179 or admin@okehampton.gov.uk.


Town Guide

A new Okehampton Town Guide is available from the Town Hall or down loadable from here.


Allotments

Allotments in Okehampton are owned and managed by Okehampton United Charity and queries relating to them should be directed to the Charity who can be contacted by phone on 07715 621480 or email clerk@okehamptoncharities.org.uk. 


Public Space Protection Order for Dog Control - Simmons Park

In 2021 WDBC updated their Public Space Protection Order for Dog Control following a consultation period in 2020 when the Town Council requested the thoughts of residents.  Okehampton Town Council has reviewed the Order and the implications for the control of dogs within its outdoor spaces and from 1st April 2021 the following change will come into force and bring Simmons Park in line with the Order:

From 1st April 2022 dogs will be required to be on a lead in the formal garden area of Simmons Park.  This is the area on the Chalet/pond side of the river.  Full details can be downloaded, obtained from the office or by emailing townclerk@okehampton.gov.uk.


Civic Service 2022

Okehampton Town Council's Civic Service will be held in Fairplace Church on the morning of Sunday 18th September.  Details and timings include the road closure will be advised nearer the time


CCTV

There are currently 6 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras within the town and Simmons Park, with more to follow in phase 2 of the project.  The aim of these is to help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour, and to keep the public safe.

Images from the CCTV cameras are recorded 24 hours a day and footage from the system can be used as evidence.  Where an offence has been report in an area covered by the cameras, the Police may ask to view the any footage that might be helpful.

If you would like to apply for access to the CCTV footage please complete the application form which you will need to bring into the Council Office in the Town Hall along with the required forms of identification or send it direct to the monitoring hub in Torbay, the details of which are contained within the form.


Town Council Meetings

Meetings of the Council or one of the Committees are normally help at 7pm on most Monday evenings in the Council Chamber which is located in the Town Hall.  Agenda's for upcoming meetings can be found on the Agenda and Minutes page of the website.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings.

Town Council Office Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 4pm 

Town Clerk

Mrs Emma James
townclerk@okehampton.gov.uk


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Information about Okehampton

Visit Okehampton and Visit Dartmoor

For more information on Okehampton's shops and businesses visit https://www.visitokehampton.co.uk/

For more information on Dartmoor- what to do where to stay visit https://www.visitdartmoor.co.uk/


Okehampton Neighbourhood Plan

More information about the Neighbourhood Plan can be found at okehamptonneighbourhoodplan.com