22 January 2015

Who's put salt in the Pepperpot?

Residents in Queen’s Park and Hanover have been preparing for winter weather in their own unique way – by adding salt to the Pepperpot!

The Queen’s Park Local Action Team and their counterparts in Hanover have been working with Brighton & Hove City Council to provide equipment to spread salt, clear snow and provide safer routes to shops, surgeries and sheltered housing as part of their local community resilience plan.

Supplies of snow clearing equipment and salt are being stored in the Pepperpot Tower on Queens Park Road.

In the event of snow, volunteers from the Friends of the Pepperpot will open the Tower and give out equipment to residents to use in clearing key areas. After the priority work has been done, residents will be able to borrow shovels to help clear their own street, or other locations important to them.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the Queens Park Local Action team, said: “When snow falls, it’s important that residents have the necessary equipment on hand to support their neighbours and what better place to store salt than in the Pepperpot!

“I’m delighted that the council is supporting residents who are keen to muck in and help the more vulnerable members of our community in this way.

“Although many of us enjoy a wintry spell, it’s important to remember that for many of our residents, heavy snow can be a big problem, and for the more vulnerable in our community, the impact can be substantial.”

He added that key locations to be cleared following snowfall include the area around the doctor’s surgery and chemist, some local shops, bus stops, and entry paths or steps to sheltered housing or estate areas.

During severe weather, Queen’s Park and Hanover residents can find information about the initiative and real time updates online, using Local Action Team and local community websites and social media channels.

For more information and links, visit the Queens Park Local Action Team website.

Below:  Cllr Bowden finds the Pepperpot's salt to his taste, alongside members of the Local Action Team and Pepperpot friends' group.