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.

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Slapton Line Strategy Document Update

 Further updates here and here with the next meeting planned for 8th March.
About twenty Strete residents turned out to the Parish Hall on the evening of 18th January, one of the coldest nights of the year, to hear Anthony Mangnall MP give an update on the above subject at the January Parish Council Meeting. Anthony was responding as the interim Chairman of the Slapton Line Partnership, following agitation from the Parish Council over perceived slow progress by various parties to further develop plans to protect the road across the Line.
Anthony gave a brief recap of progress over the autumn of 2023 in the development and agreement of a revision to the strategy for the Slapton Line Partnership. In a nutshell, these amendments changed the approach from ‘Managed Retreat’ of the shoreline in the face of erosion towards protection of the A379 road over the Line. The old wording of the document had precluded any possibility of further sea defence work, so the change was pivotal and necessary to achieve further progress. The amendments were agreed by the Partnership in November, and Anthony expected that the final text would be published within a fortnight. Anthony described how the formalisation of the change in strategy is key to the work that he has been undertaking to secure Central Government Funding to enable a joint project by Devon CC and SHDC to design and build further protection for the vulnerable areas of the route, already identified in an update to the scientific studies carried out over previous years. The project will require planning permission to be secured for the work, which will involve formal consultation with a number of parties, and this application is in preparation by the local authorities to cover sea defences and upgrades to the road. He is carrying a target date of July for all this work to come together and seal commitment to funding, so patience will be needed from the local communities.
Questions from the floor were invited following his brief presentation. These centred upon the inevitability of the fact that the sea would eventually prevail and the Line would be lost, and the condition of the local roads to support the resulting traffic. The point was made that it would be prudent to develop a costed plan to properly deal with the back routes before it became necessary as a result of a weather event. AM stated that the value of the road was being re-evaluated as part of the work in progress and that this would provide a sensible outcome. 

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