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.
New signage from Strete to Strete Gate is in place informing motorists of the parking restrictions in place along the A379 to Strete Gate.
Anyone parking on this route risks a £70 penalty.
Existing parking restrictions are in place on the access road from the A379 to the Car Park at Strete Gate. The restrictions are defined by double yellow lines.
Motorists should respect these restrictions to avoid a penalty notice being issued and to allow free flowing movement in the area at all times.
New signage is also in place to direct traffic to the official car park where there are 98 car park spaces.
Tickets must be purchased from the machine in the car park. Charges are displayed on the machine.
Motorists are being warned that they
will face parking fines from today Monday 21 May if they park on the A379
between Torcross and the Slapton junction. This also applies to vehicles parking on the highway at Strete Gate instead of the car park.
Safety is being affected by obstructive parking, which has become an issue on this section of road since the stretch between Slapton and Strete Gate washed away during Storm Emma at the beginning of March.
The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will make it illegal to park and unload.
Devon County Council’s parking enforcement officers and the police will be able to issue penalty charge notices (PCN) to anyone parking illegally.
Cllr Julian Brazil, South Hams District Council’s Ward Member for Stokenham, said: “It’s self-evident that the road closure is causing a great deal of confusion and chaos. However we would urge visitors to use the car parking provided when visiting the Slapton area. The contractors need to make sure that the road is clear so they can safely make their repairs”
Cllr Richard Foss, South Hams District Council’s Ward Member for Allington and Strete, said: “If you’re visiting the Slapton area, please do not park on the grass verges. This area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so it’s crucial that drivers park in the designated areas to avoid damaging the wildlife and wild flower habitat.”
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.
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.