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

The Royal Marines Iron Challenge

On Sunday 19th September Iron becomes Steel with a charity triathlon event that starts at Blackpool Sands.
Click on to find out more details.

Village Day Jazz and BBQ

As a way for everyone to make up for the loss of the Village Day annual event in 2020 and this year, Strete Parish Hall has organised a Village Day BBQ for next Saturday, 18th September. It will run from 4.00 - 8.30pm. There will be a Jazz Band to entertain and a bar to keep you refreshed. Tickets are on sale at the Village Shop and cost £7.50. A burger (meat or vegetarian) or hot dog is included in the ticket price. Bring some cash for drinks. David Rothwell and Phil Cruse are manning the BBQ and real ale will be on tap at the bar.
The Parish Hall Committee have worked hard to keep the Parish Hall available for use by various organisations and for community events. Community events need your support to make them memorable.
Please come and support this event. It has been organised for everyone’s enjoyment as we move into Autumn.
Many thanks.

Tour of Britain Cycle Race - Advance Notice

Click here for information about a temporary traffic restriction received from Devon Highways together with a map of the cycle race route. This confirms a temporary ‘No Stopping Restriction’ will be in place on the A379 through Strete from 09:30am until 14:00pm to allow the Tour of Britain Cycle Race to pass safely through the village. Most people will park off-road or on side roads but some may not be able to.
The Parish Church have agreed to allow householders, who normally park along the A379 through the village to the bottom of Hynetown Road, to park in the Church Car Park. This is available from the evening of the 5th September to around mid-afternoon on the day of the race 6th September.
Strete is on the route for one of the ‘King of the Mountains’ stages which runs from Blackpool Sands to the Bus Stop before the Village Shop and Post Office. There is off street parking where this stage ends and the organisers plan to park their van there and put up a short section of barriers and flags. Vehicles that park at the off street parking bays near the Bus Stop are asked to move until the race has passed through as the organisers would like to make this an area where spectators can view the race.
Mr Robert Newman (landowner) and Mr John Gilbert (farmer) have kindly agreed that the we can make use of the land at Frogwell, approximate location on this indicative parking plan, for temporary parking during the Tour of Britain Cycle Race. This will be signed and stewarded on the day. However, if the weather and ground conditions are wet on the day of use the grass is likely to become very greasy. If this is the case, parking at this location will, regrettably, not be permitted.
The Kings Arms Car Park will be signed and stewarded for Customer Parking Only and the pub will be open from 10:00am until mid-afternoon to cater for spectators (local and visitors).
It’s recommend that people planning to watch the race should be at the roadside between 30mins and 1hr before the race is due to pass.
Timings of the race
Approximate timings that the race is expected to travel through Strete are;

  • 12:17 Arrival of lead cars
  • 12:24 – 12:40 Race travels through

Traffic Management
Outside of the start and finish towns and key locations, the race runs under a ‘rolling road closure’ managed by the Police with support from the National Escort Group. This means roads will only be closed for the time it takes for the race to pass.
For the race to travel safely through the village, it is necessary to introduce some additional traffic management on the day of the race. This consists of:

  • A clearway along the race route
    • To ensure the safe passage of the race it is necessary to implement a clearway (no waiting or parking) through towns and villages on the route. Any vehicles parked illegally within the clearway will be removed by a recovery vehicle that travels in advance of the race.
  • Advanced warning signs

Devon County Council have placed advance warning signs at key locations on the route to ensure residents, businesses and visitors are aware of the event, any likely delays, road closures and clearways.
It’s hoped that everyone joins in to spectate this event and make it a fabulous day out. Click for details of Partnership Toolkit.

Temporary Suspension of Garden Waste Collections

FCC Environment (South Hams recycling and waste contractor) has asked South Hams District Council to suspend all garden waste collections from today (Monday 16 August). The Council has reluctantly agreed to this to enable FCC Environment to focus on general waste and recycling. Many other councils around the country have had to do the same in recent weeks as the national shortage of LGV and HGV drivers continues. Although they would like to be able to collect all waste, including garden waste, FCC Environment know that they must focus all of their resources on the statutory waste and recycling collections. This includes food waste, which can become very unpleasant if not collected in warmer weather. It is anticipated that garden waste collections will be suspended for a minimum of four weeks. South Hams and FCC Environment will continue to review this as the national driver shortage position develops.

Road to Recovery & Road Works

Covid Testing at the Church Car Park
The mobile NHS Covid test facility will be visiting the Church Car Park every Monday at 4pm for the next few weeks. They will test and return the Covid result within the hour. Please let your friends and neighbours know, too.
Covid-19 cases have increased in the last week. Check out the details here.

Citizens Advice
You may find the following from CA helpful.
Citizens Advice South Hams are keen to help as many people as possible as we begin the road to recovery which is why they now have 8 access channels.
Those in need of their advice can now get in touch in a way that suits them best; via their Adviceline, WhatsApp message, email, video call, visiting an outreach or a video booth, or visiting their main office in Totnes. This information pack explains all their points of access. Don't hesitate to contact Lucy Green if you would like any further information.

Road Closed for works at Gara Mill Bridge
Please see this notification regarding a road closure from Monday 19th July that is expected to be completed in five days. This is for repairs to the bridge following vehicle damage. The road closure is booked until 30th July in case there are any complications or bad weather that delays completion.

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Upcoming events in and around Strete.

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