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Change to access arrangements for Peak Cavern/Speedwell system.

The website for access guidelines and trip availability can be found at www.peakspeedwell.info

The Peak keyholders would prefer it if cavers could use the website and the following emails:

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Alan Brentnall - 01663 746476 will take the calls for anybody who doesn't have email and would like to book a trip.

Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Secretary.

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Yesterday, following the incident of interference with the abseil rope to Sidetrack Cave in Eldon Quarry by persons unknown, Jules Barratt and Bob Dearman have put in three new BP anchors. Two of the anchors were installed in the solid slab adjacent to the existing rusty bolt to facilitate a Y hang. The other was placed as a re-belay 10ft down the cliff in the only bit of structurally solid limestone they could find. This means that the rope between the Y hang and the re-belay should be kept as tight as possible so that in the unlikely event of the single re-belay bolt failing the load would come immediately onto the top Y hang. However, if the rigging at the top is interfered with it is unlikely that anyone would climb down over easy but dubious rock to unclip the re-belay thus leaving visitors to the cave on the bench below a good measure of protection for the ascent back to the top of the quarry. Also it would be a good idea for anyone abseiling down to tightly tie off the bottom of the rope to one of the many boulders lying on the bench to prevent it being pulled up. A reminder that cavers should continue to comply with the arrangements made for access to Eldon Quarry - (See below.)

Jenny Potts, DCA Hon. Secretary.

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On Dec. 2nd a caving party reported sewage pollution in Youds Level.

The exit from the Youd's Level comes up in the childrens' playground next to the river in Matlock Bath and the raw sewage is being discharged straight into the river.

This had been an ongoing problem for many years and action was taken earlier this year to remedy the situation. However, clearly this has not solved the problem and DCA has again notified appropriate authorities and requested urgent action as this is a public health issue.

We'll keep you informed of progress as far as we can.

Regards, Jenny Potts.

Clarification of the situation at Eldon Hill Quarry, thanks to Pete Mellors of DCA:-

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The agreement between DCA, Chatsworth and Natural England allows for digs to be started or resumed in the Quarry without the need for further permissions to be sought or obtained. The only stipulation is that all trips to the Quarry are logged, (see above document), and DCA has agreed to implement this and so monitor the visiting situation on behalf of Chatsworth, the tenant farmer, and Natural England, largely in case of damage or threats to the scientific interest of the site. Cavers are asked, in other words, to keep it low key, fill in the logbook, and please dig responsibly and thereby safeguard the access we now have.

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18/2/2011 - Odin Mine Warning

Knotlow Pollution - Situation improved (at last!)

A quick analysis of records for the past twelve months, recently recovered from the base of Knotlow Climbing Shaft, show that for all intents and purposes the pollution that has plagued this popular system for decades has finally disappeared! Air quality was variously reported as "good", "no bad smells", and "no problems" on all the 23 entries in the log book.

The logger at the base of "Fourways" has been taken out by the Environment Agency and the securing chain will be removed in due course. The results during the period of the test of water quality were inconclusive.