Okehampton Town Council

Town Clerk
Town Hall, Fore Street
Devon EX20 1AA
Tel: 01837 53179

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 façade 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. 

Town Councillor Surgery - Thursday 19th March 10 am to 12 noon
Residents are welcome to come to the Town Hall to talk to a Town Councillor on the third Thursday of the month between 10 am and 12 noon.  Councillors representing West Devon Borough Council will also be in attendance. 

Okehampton Household Waste Recycling Centre
Okehampton Household Waste Recycling Centre will be undergoing significant maintenance works from 24th February until 22nd March 2020.  During the works the site will be closed to the public on 24th February to 1st March (inclusive) and 16th March to 22nd March (inclusive).  The site will be open as normal at other times. 

Would you know how to easily pinpoint your location if you were lost or injured, especially on Dartmoor?
If not, this service which runs from a free app on mobile phones can find your location within a 3 metre square and provide you with a 3 word unique address which you can give to someone to locate you.
Why not download the app and give it a go and see how it works -

Saturday Coffee Mornings 2020
If you would like to hold a Saturday coffee morning in the Charter Hall for your charity/local organisation we have some dates available in May, June, July, August and September 2020.  For a fee of £30 the Hall is available from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturdays.  Please telephone 01837 53179 or contact hilary@okehampton.gov.uk for details and booking forms.

Simmons Park News
Fantastic News - Simmons Park has been awarded 'Much Loved' status in the Fields in Trust UK Best Park 2019 awards, having been placed within the top 20% of nominations UK-wide.
In total, 28 parks across the South West were nominated; Page Park in Bristol chosen as the best park in this region and 3 others achieving the 'Much Loved' status including our beautiful Simmons Park. 
A big thank-you to those who took the time to vote for and support the park.

Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm West Devon Borough Council Staff at the Ockment Centre

Do you need to speak to someone from West Devon Borough Council in person?
A member of staff is available every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm in the Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton.




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Town Council Meetings
The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on Monday 24th February 2020 at 7 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall

Mayoral Musings - January 2020
See the Mayor's January News here

Town Council Office Open Hours
Monday - Thursday 9.30 am - 4 pm

Town Clerk
Mrs Emma James




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