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

Strete Gate Memorial Cairn for Exercise Tiger

The parish council was made aware of an unreported event involving Exercise Tiger at the PC meeting in February. This is a summary of those events from over four years of research by Mr Teddy Cranmer concerning the early and unreported part of Exercise Tiger.
US troops made their first landing at 06:30 on the 27th of April 1944. They came ashore from LSTs/Higgins boats on' red ' beach near the middle/end of the Ley, near Strete Gate.
It was a shambles - Altered timings, bad communications, live ammunition unbeknown to defenders and those coming ashore and bombardment from a cruiser and destroyers lying off-shore coinciding with the landing. 110 deaths - but, due to D-Day five weeks away, these became swallowed up in the great deception that surrounded Tiger. It would also have had a disastrous effect on morale for both US forces preparing for D-Day and for their families back in the USA. There has never been a memorial to these 110 (bodies and identities were carefully spirited away) but there were witnesses and Ike (General Eisenhower) noted these losses. Mr Cranmer has obtained permission from Brendan Spokes of Strete Estate to place a memorial at Strete Gate. As result of his dedication to acknowledge this tragedy a memorial cairn commemorating the loss of over 100 US personnel during the first Tiger landing on Slapton Sands 27/04/1944 was unveiled in Strete Gate Car Park at 2pm on 5th April 2024. Unveiling of the memorial was by Anthony Mangnall MP and other local dignitaries followed by tea at the Field Studies Centre, Slapton.

A379 Strete - Temporary Road Closure

On Sunday 21st April the A379 from Vicarage Lane to Landcombe will be closed between 09:30 to 15:30 to replace a telegraph pole.

Annual Village Meeting

Norns Lane - Southwood Farm to Blackpool - Road Works Postponed

Norns Lane to Blackpool Sands will be closed on 5th March7th March and 11th to 22nd March.
These temporary restrictions are necessary for drainage works and infrastructure network connection.
Click on the links for more work details and diversion information.

These works have been postponed until April sometime.

Devon & Torbay Devolution Deal - Update

Initial response to the public consultation on the proposed Devon and Torbay Combined County Authority (CCA).

This response addresses key themes such as governance and decision-making, resources, and engagement with PTCs and communities.
In terms of governance and decision-making, DALC supports the transfer of functions and funding from central government to local government, advocating for greater local autonomy. They welcome the creation of a democratically accountable body to deliver a devolution deal for Devon, and emphasise the importance of wider democratic involvement and collaborative decision-making.
They also raise concerns about resources, highlighting the need for clarity on the short and longer-term resource requirements for the CCA. They stress the importance of sustainable funding beyond the initial government allocation and express reservations about burdening constituent councils with additional financial responsibilities. Engagement between the CCA and PTCs is another crucial aspect addressed in DALC's response. They emphasise the importance of strengthening relationships between PTCs and constituent councils, advocating for improved recognition and engagement of PTCs as equal partners in local governance. While acknowledging the evolving nature of the government's devolution agenda, DALC expresses support for the creation of the CCA and its potential to facilitate further devolution opportunities in the future. They advocate for direct access to government funding and enabling powers for PTCs to better serve their communities. DALC's response underscores the importance of collaborative and inclusive governance structures that empower local communities and ensure their voices are heard in decision-making processes. As the consultation period progresses, DALC remains committed to advocating for the interests of PTCs and working towards a more inclusive and effective local governance framework for Devon and Torbay.
The consultation closes on 24th March 2024. 
There is an opportunity for everyone to comment through the link provided.
Devon and Torbay's deal - Devon and Torbay Devolution Deal (
After years in the making, the Government published its proposals for a ground-breaking deal this week that could re-draw the future relationship between local government in Devon and Torbay, and Whitehall. The proposals are a big deal for Devon and Torbay, and could, if all agreed, bring many great opportunities that would improve the lives of residents in Devon and Torbay, and those who work and visit here.
Read DALC's full response to the consultation

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Upcoming events in and around Strete.

  Devon & Cornwall Alert

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 Village Day

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