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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.
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
Okehampton coming together to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
2nd June - Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council - Beacon with a Piper on the show field, please bring torch
3rd June - Pavilion in the Park showing the Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul's Cathedral
4th June - Okehampton Town Council Fields in Trust Sports Day and entertainment in Simmons Park
5th June - Rotary Fair in Simmons Park
The next Councillor Surgery is on Thursday 19th May 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Civility and Respect Project
Okehampton Town Council has voted to support the Civility and Respect Project which puts civility and respect at the heart of public life. The statement can be found here.
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.
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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
Town Council Meetings
Face to face meetings of the Council are currently being held in the Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton where additional space allows room for social distancing. 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 and are requested to wear a face covering when in the premises.
Town Council Office Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 4pm
Mrs Emma James
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