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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The River Dart - Designated Bathing Water Sites

Breaking News……..The River Dart has just become the first river in the UK to achieve Designated Bathing Water status for a record number of individual sites. Four sites have been awarded Designated Bathing Water status by DEFRA in time for the start of the UK’s 2024 Bathing Water Season on the 15th May 2024.
This is a hugely positive step in the progress towards resolving sewage and wastewater pollution in our rivers. The four new bathing water sites are located on the river from Totnes down to Dartmouth, at the mouth of the river: Totnes (Steamer Quay), Dittisham (The Ham), Stoke Gabriel (creek), Warfleet Dartmouth.
There are still many challenges ahead, so this designation will act as a lever for long term positive change and clearly shows that when communities come together and take collaborative action, real change can happen by working closely with South West Water, local councils, businesses, local landowners and the Dart Harbour Master together with a groundswell of local support.
Despite the good news, we note that this is a starting point and offer a note of caution for those who may now assume the popular River Dart is now safe for swimming. Whilst it sounds like bathing water status means the river is now a green light for bathing, this is unfortunately not the case. What it does mean, however, is that the Environment Agency is now obliged to test the river weekly (for two harmful bacteria). The Environment Agency will then classify the site as either EXCELLENT, GOOD, SATISFACTORY or POOR. This new data will create enhanced focus and pressure upon South West Water to reduce sewage spills into the Dart. Bathing water status currently only applies to a fixed period from 15th May – 30 September.

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