Strete, Devon Strete

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Welcome

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.

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Adaptation Manager for Slapton Line

Funding to plan the future of the Slapton Line in the event of further damaging storms has been secured by the Slapton Line Partnership (SLP).
The SLP are delighted to announce that funding has been secured from the Environment Agency, South Hams District Council (SHDC) and Devon County Council to allow for the recruitment of an Adaptation Manager.
The purpose of this new post will be to work closely with the community and the Partnership to help to ease traffic issues and to create positive changes to prepare for the future loss of the Slapton Line A379 road.
The post will be hosted by the South Devon Area of National Beauty (AONB).
A study has shown that there is now no room left to move the road following the severe storm of 2018 which devastated 700m of the highway and made it necessary to move it up 20m closer to the edge of Slapton Ley. Though it is impossible to predict when damage will occur, sea level rise and changing weather patterns will lead to the road being increasingly at risk.
As a result the Partnership have had to create a new plan of action for the future and accepts that, if another storm badly damages the road and it can’t be easily repaired, the road is unlikely to be replaced again.
The Partnership knows that this would have a huge impact on local communities and road users, so they have created an Adaptation Plan. This has been informed by suggestions from the community at a series of recent workshops to reduce the impact and make changes to help the communities thrive after the road has gone.
Significant funding has already been used to improve passing places and road surfaces along alternative routes and some improvements will continue to be made.

A379 Slapton Line - Stopping Up Order

Slapton Line - The Future

The Slapton Line Partnership (SLP) has organised three further community events to discuss the future of the A379 between Strete & Torcross.
To allow maximum input from local residents and visitors, the Partnership have decided to hold a further drop-in event in Strete, along with two exhibitions; one in Dartmouth and the other in Kingsbridge.
The events will share information about the series of damaging storms over the past few years and what steps have been taken to date.
The main goal is to understand and address the challenge for the future road strategy and what this means to the community. There are important positive steps that will need to be taken to ensure the future long term resilience of the area.
Come along to the community drop-in session, with members of the SLP, on:

  • Wednesday 28 August at Strete Parish Hall, Hynetown Road (opposite the church) between 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. A car park is nearby.

Exhibitions will also be held at:

  • Kingsbridge library between Saturday 10 August to Saturday 17 August
  • Dartmouth library between Monday 2 September to Saturday 7 September

If you would like to speak to a member of the SLP, and you can’t attend the drop in at Strete Village Hall, Slapton Line Partnership members will be attending at the library on each of the Saturday mornings.
The exhibition explains what has been happening in the past few years, the current situation and what is likely to happen next. There is a questionnaire available at the exhibitions to find out what residents and visitors think.
To find out more about the Slapton Line Partnership, go to: www.slaptonline.org

Slapton Line - The Future

The Slapton Line Partnership has organised two events to share future plans for the A379 between Strete and Torcross.
The events will share information about how over recent years a number of significant storms have appeared to quicken coastal change; the vulnerability of the coastline to future storms and discuss what steps have been taken to date.
Finally, looking at understanding and addressing the challenge for the future road strategy, what this means to the community and the positive steps that will be taken to make sure the future long term resilience of the area.
All are welcome to attend the community drop in sessions, to be held on:

  • Wednesday 10 July at Slapton Village Hall - 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 16 July at Stokenham Village Hall - 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Government Coastal Revival Funding for Exercise Tiger Tank and Obelisk

Heritage sites in Torcross and Slapton have won funding through grants from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund.
Following a bid by the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and South Hams District Council (SHDC) in July 2018, the team were awarded grant funding.

The funding will be used for the restoration of the much-loved coastal heritage sites, the Exercise Tiger D Day tank at Torcross and the obelisk at Slapton. SHDC, along with the AONB, are part of the Slapton Line Partnership (SLP); a group of partner agencies who work to protect Slapton and its surrounding area.

The Partnership has been awarded £44,380 for the renovation of the tank memorial at Torcross. Funds will also be used to move the D Day obelisk and plinth, which commemorates Exercise Tiger, to protect it from the encroaching sea. The obelisk will be moved away from the sea which caused so much destruction to the A379 road following the Beast from the East in March 2018.

Nicky Bailey from the AONB, said: “The evacuation of South Hams villages and the D-Day practices are an important part of the area’s history. We’re delighted the grant has been awarded; it will ensure that people will be able to appreciate these memorials in years to come.”

During May, the Slapton Line Partnership and SHDC will be looking to sit down with the key stakeholders to provide more information and detailed plans.

Alan Denbigh, Chairman for the Slapton Line Partnership, said: “Colleagues in the South Devon AONB and South Hams District Council have worked with the Slapton Line Partnership to help us successfully bid for funds which will go towards preserving and enhancing two key and prominent monuments along the Slapton Line.”

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