Matlock Bath Pavilion Site Access Agreement

>River Derwent: Matlock Bath Promenade

This agreement is valid from 18th July 2013 to 31 July 2017

Agreement – The Council have granted Matlock Canoe Club (MCC) an exclusive licence to use the river along the Matlock Bath promenade through to the River Gardens and the launching site behind the Pavilion, between 1st March to the Friday before August Bank Holiday for a period of 4 years.

Period of Use – MCC permitted period of use is Monday to Sunday from 8.00am to 9.00pm or sunset whichever is earlier. The stretch of the river only be used during the licence period and that MCC must ensure that it is not continued beyond the permitted period or such later time as the Council shall agree.

Risk Assessment – When any party uses the site they must have a ‘Risk Assessment Plan’
this means the rules and regulations relating to the use and occupation of the Site imposed by Matlock Canoe Club and the Council; this is a plan prepared by Matlock Canoe Club demonstrating that a full risk assessment of the Site and activity has been undertaken. This should be available at all times for inspection by the Council.

Risk Assessment

Use of Site – The use of the Site is only for the purposes of canoeing and kayaking rights and holding canoeing and kayaking events/training sessions as identified within the Site Plan. MCC are not to make any alterations or attachments or additions to the Site without the prior written consent of the Council. Prior written approval must be obtain from the Council for any publicity material proposed to be issued in relation to the use of the river.

Boundaries – MCC boundaries ‘Site’ means the area marked between Memorial Gardens (Northern Upstream end) through to the Derwent Gardens Landing Stage and downstream to Lovers Walks (Waterfall) as contained within the River Derwent which for identification purposes is delineated on the Site Plan.

Main Access and Egress – MCC main access and egress point is at the River Garden landing stage behind the pavilion. Paddlers are able to paddle down from the bottom Slalom site through some unresolved ownership access rights (River Left Bank approx. 200m) passed the Midland Hotel (paddle river left) onto the agreed water access at the Memorial Gardens. From Here the full length of the river to the waterfall (river Right just before the Arkwright’s mill weir) can be used There is a strip along the promenade (river right Shown on the site plan), which there is NO access agreement.

Number of Boats – It has been specifically agreed that MCC are permitted to allow a maximum of no more than 30 canoes at any time on the river, except for official events where MCC will apply for special permission from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Parking – MCC are allowed limited motorised vehicle access to the river edge (Pavilion/ River Gardens landing stage) and parking is limited to 10 mins to off-load/load canoes/kayaks/equipment. There is agreed parking during the event for MCC’s canoe trailer and any disability vehicles for ease of accessibility during the session.

Other users – MCC are not to interfere with or obstruct any person or persons lawfully using the said portion of the River Derwent for boating fishing an official swimming event.

MCC have NO responsibility for other persons using the site when we are not present.

Conduct – MCC are not to use the Site or any part of it for any activities which are dangerous, offensive, noxious, illegal or immoral or which are may become a nuisance to the Council or the owner or occupier of any neighbouring properties.

Health and Safety – MCC at their own cost will have to comply with all requirements of any relevant Health and Safety Legislation and users assess the weather and water condition prior to starting the activity and carry out the activity appropriately;. users must ensure that all the necessary equipment (including appropriate clothing and Safety Equipment) are used and to ensure that no more than 30 canoes and kayaks are used on the Site at any time. All users must ensure that all visitors/ Personnel associated with activity are launched safely to
and from the Site.

Keys – There will be 2 gates which require opening to access the river. These must be locked again at the end of the session. The keys will be kept in the electrical cupboard at the slalom site and shall only be used by Matlock Canoe Club authorised persons

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