Strete, Devon Strete

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Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.

 Latest News

South West Coastal Path

Natural England are considering options to re-route the coastal path thorough Strete village.
Over the next few months Natural England will be visiting all the land on the stretch of coast (Cremyll to Kingswear) that is likely to be affected by their proposals.
They intend to discuss the options in detail with people who own and manage the land and also relevant local organisations such as the parish councils who have an interest. After they have had final discussions with those who have a legal interest in the land they will begin putting together and refining their proposals to improve access to this stretch of coast. The proposals will be finalised next year and published in a report to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Once the report has been published there will be 8 weeks to comment on the proposals. Anyone who wishes to comment will be able to make a representation on the report and the owners or occupiers of affected land will be able to make an objection. The Secretary of State will consider all representations and objections before making a decision about approval of Natural England’s report.
Strete Parish Council has expressed concern at the possibility of taking the route away from the A379 through the village as this is considered vital to the economy of the village. e.g. The Kings Arms, the Village Shop and B&B's.
The Parish Council are considering proposals to improve safety between the off highway links to the coastal path on the A379.
Anyone in the community with ideas to improve safety through the village are asked to make their ideas known.

Slapton Line - Toilets

South Hams District Council's Executive decided a pay on entry system will now be installed around the District at many toilets. The proposed fee is 20p.
This will go towards their running costs and protect them from closure.The toilets chosen to have a pay on entry system installed includes Slapton Line.
However, the recent storm damage at Slapton Memorial toilets has left the septic tank very close to the beach and at risk of failing in another storm.
This could cause a serious pollution incident. Relocating the septic tank is unlikely to solve the problem, as well as being very expensive, so these toilets will close.
Storm Emma had a huge impact on the area and the beach has receded a long way inland very quickly.

Slapton Line Update

Strete Neighbourhood Plan - Update

The six-week regulation 14 consultation phase of the draft neighbourhood plan closed at midday on 3rd April 2018.
29 of the 60 list of bodies and organisations invited to respond to the draft plan acknowledged receiving it. 7 submitted a response.
Approximately 300 summaries of the draft plan were hand delivered to properties in the parish together with 300 feedback forms.
47 feedback forms were returned by post or email – almost 16%.
An analysis of the feedback forms received shows a 92% overall support for the policies in the draft plan. In particular:
Policy SNP9: Housing Development Site at Cox’s Farm Fields received 70% support
Policy SNP13: Open Space at Cox’s Farm Fields received 77% support.
37 formal comments were received of which 21 proposed various reasons why the development site should be in the upper area of Cox’s Farm Fields.
The remainder supported the draft plan or sought clarification on policy wording.
The number of feedback forms and comments received is about the number that could reasonably be expected to be returned - enough to demonstrate that we have consulted effectively but not so many that the process becomes unwieldy.
These are now being incorporated into a register as required by the regulations.
Lee Bray (our consultant) will prepare draft responses to each comment received for Steering Group members to review before they are submitted to SHDC.

SHDC advised the following in respect of comments on the draft plan on 17th April 2018:
‘We now have draft comments from the specialist on this but we now have to circulate these to the delegated authority, the deadline for additional comments is the 26th April, I will try to send you the comments ASAP after this date.’

This will result in the response process being delayed until June assuming the comments from SHDC are received by 26th April.
This delay is very disappointing as it is important to keep the momentum moving forward to retain community interest and involvement in the process.

Slapton Line - Car Park & Toilets

Torcross Tank Car Park and toilets are open again for business.
Everyone has been working incredibly hard since the damage brought by Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.
Repair works have been coordinated by local contractor Landmarc and have involved the removal of approximately 300 tonnes of shingle and 60 tonnes of rubble from the lower section of the car park and 40 tonnes of tarmac to start necessary resurfacing work.
The car park machine is currently out of order while storm damage is being fixed.
Please see signs on machines to check when parking charges do apply.

The Memorial car park remains closed as work to address the significant erosion that took place in this location continues.
Works include the generation of some additional capacity to compensate for the loss of approximately 30 spaces, in the northern section, as well as complete loss of the overflow. The works are scheduled to be completed before Easter.

The toilets at Torcross also sustained damage, resulting in sand and shingle within the block. This has now been swept out, power washed and the drains unblocked. Toilet cleaners, then cleaned the blocks by hand to finish off.
The toilets at the Memorial car park continue to have work carried out on them to repair the damage.

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