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.

 Latest News

Climate Change and Biodiversity

Read the latest newsletter from SHDC with topics and comments about Climate Change and Biodiversity.
This is the first of many Climate Change and Biodiversity updates SHDC will be providing as part of their commitment to engage with residents and businesses in tackling the Climate Change and Biodiversity Emergency.
This newsletter will run monthly and will be a place for them to update you on what they are doing, what things are going on around the District, what's going on nationally and things residents and businesses can be doing to reduce carbon footprint and manage land to improve the environment and its biodiversity.
If you have anything you would like to include in this newsletter then contact their Climate Change Specialist by emailing here.

Virus Isolation Period to be Extended

To avoid a resurgence of coronavirus in the UK an announcement that, the period for which people with coronavirus symptoms have to self-isolate is to increase to 10 days in England, is expected to be announced today. Currently, people with a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss of taste or smell must stay at home for seven days.
It comes as a report warns there are signs that feelings of solidarity developed within communities during lockdown are beginning to fray. It's vital that we work together to reduce the spread of the virus during these testing times. So much hard work and effort from everyone must not be wasted.

WARNING - Cold-Calling Tree Surgeons Targeting Vulnerable Residents

We have been made aware of cold-calling, potentially uninsured contractors claiming to be tree surgeons targeting vulnerable (particularly elderly) residents and claiming to be fully qualified, fully insured tree surgeons, offering to do tree and garden works for cash. They are stating they can carry out works to protected trees legally and provide residents with a certificate to submit to us to avoid prosecution. No such certificate exists and this is not the case. An application to SHDC in some form is required prior to carrying out works to any trees subject to a TPO or in a Conservation Area.
If you hear of any residents being approached by such contractors, please encourage them to take as many contact details for the contractors as possible along with vehicle registration numbers and descriptions of the individuals (if safe to do so) and report them to the police on 101 or via their website at https://www.police.uk/101/.
Please also observe the following important points:
Prior to agreeing to any tree works, residents should check the contractor’s insurance certificate and qualifications – anyone who has gone through the training and paid the necessary insurance premiums will be proud to share the information.
If the trees are protected by a TPO or in a Conservation Area, residents will need to be in receipt of written consent from the SHDC Tree Officer in a decision notice prior to carrying out works to such trees to avoid potential investigation which may lead to prosecution. Resident’s responsibilities in relation to ‘Protected Trees’ are outlined via the following links:
South Hams: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/3490/Protected-Trees
Guidance on how to find a suitably qualified, fully insured tree surgeon is available from the Arboricultural Association via https://www.trees.org.uk/Help-Advice/Public/Choose-your-Tree-Surgeon

South Hams Community & Voluntary Services (CVS)

The latest news from South Hams Community & Voluntary Services (CVS) is here.
This gives some useful guidelines to volunteer groups on how to deal with the impact of easing Covid-19 restrictions.
Two dates are also booked for Setting up and funding Community Groups.
13 August 10.30am – 12pm Setting up a Community Group. Skillshare Q&A
10 September 10.30am – 12pm Funding for Community Groups. Skillshare Q&A

If you are interest in any training, please email to reserve your place.
To book your place on zoom please email events@southhamscvs.org.uk

Time for Millions to Mask Up

People in England will have to get used to wearing a face covering if they want to pick up groceries, or fancy a sausage roll. From today, coverings are mandatory in enclosed public spaces such as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and takeaways. The covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana secured over mouth and nose. But fail to wear one and you could face a fine of up to £100.
Police will be able to "use force" to remove customers from shops if they do not wear face coverings, but forces have said they will enforce the rules only as a last resort. You don't have to wear them in places where other safety measures have been taken, such as cinemas, restaurants or hairdressers, and you can remove them when you need to prove your age or identity. See the full guide for details.

Flu Vaccine Programme Extended
While our lives have been turned upside down by coronavirus, the government has one eye on a much more familiar ailment. Amid concerns the annual flu season could exacerbate strains on hospitals, some 30 million people in England are to be offered vaccination. Last year, 25 million people - including primary school children, health and care workers and the over-65s were eligible. This winter, it will be extended to over-50s, anyone on the shielding list and the people they live with, and children in their first year of secondary school. The Local Government Association, says it is essential to "prevent one seasonable and predictable virus creating the conditions for a second, more serious and unpredictable deadly second wave of Covid-19".

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