Okehampton Town Council

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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.


Devon County Council's On-Street Parking Charges Proposal

DCC are proposing to introduce a payment system for on-street parking in areas of Okehampton town centre.

Their view is that this will increase parking turnover, reduce congestion and ensure on-street parking enforcement, for which they are responsible, is efficient and sustainable.  Any surplus income, DCC say, will be used to help fund management of transport and traffic related services, including bus subsidies.

Okehampton Town Council would like to hear your views about this proposal and ask that you complete a brief survey which will only take a few minutes.  The survey can be accessed through this link or a hard copy collected from the Town Hall.

A map of the proposed charging areas can be found here.


Annual Remembrance Parade and Service
The Annual Remembrance Parade and Service will take place on Sunday 12th November at All Saints Church.

The parade starts and end in Fore Street and there will be rolling road closures in place.  Further details with timings will be provided nearer the dates.


Notice of Vacancy

Following the resignation of Councillor Ann Wood, there is a vacancy on the South Ward of Okehampton Town Council.  Full details can be found by following this link or from the Office in the Town Hall.


Okehampton and Okehampton Hamlets Neighbourhood Plan - Regulation 16 Consultation

A paper copy is available in the Town Hall or can be downloaded.  For more information or to comment please visit the website or the Town Hall.  

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Community Governance - Boundary Review

At the end of February 2023 WDBC approved the Terms of Reverence for the review following the petition was presented to them by the Town Council in September.  Full details of the proposal can be found here or obtained from the Town Hall comments to WDBC can be viewed from a dedicated page on their website.


Research into the feasibility of the creation of a Young Persons Council

Your views about the creation of a Young Persons Council in Okehampton are sought and a short survey, which closes on 13th August, can be accessed here.

A Young Persons Council is a group of people who have been chosen, or elected to represent their peers through a democratic body.  It is envisaged that this could encourage a culture of participation in the community whilst providing an introduction into democracy and offering an opportunity for young persons to convey ideas and views to Okehampton Town Council.


Town Guide

An 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. 


CCTV

There are currently 9 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

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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