November News

161 Windermere Road

Our friends on the other side of the Medway Valley are asking for your support. There is a planning application that will be heard for this address on November 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 3rd Floor. This is a site adjacent to a high cliff of the Creek and the Environmentally Significant Area that is the Medway Valley. The application includes a stormwater management facility that appears to allow water to run down this cliff, likely resulting in erosion and potential negative impacts on the Creek. Also troubling is that the applicant has asked for what is called a special provision in the Environmentally Significant Area to permit structures (such as a gazebo, benches, chairs, fire/bbq pit, etc.) within these lands. As the City is trying hard to stop people from encroaching into Environmentally Significant Areas, this would be the absolutely wrong message to send.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can write with your comments to the attention of the Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee, care of hlysynsk@London.ca

London Plan Open Houses

Just a reminder about the Open Houses being held on the draft London Plan. This is the city’s new land use plan and has proposed changes that could mean changes to our neighbourhood, including six story buildings along Sarnia Road and conversions of single family houses into more than two housing units.

November 19, 2014 6:00 to 9:00 pm
held at South London Community Centre (Gymnasium)
1119 Jalna Boulevard

or

November 26, 2014 6:00 to 9:00 pm
held at Goodwill Industries, 3rd Floor Conference Centre
255 Horton Street

Meeting Format is the same for both sessions:
6:00 pm drop-in and discussion
7:00 pm presentation & public meeting
8:00 pm drop-in and discussion

Medway Seniors

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th from 2 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Sherwood Library
WHAT: “Personal Safety for Seniors

Presentation by Constable Hartwick of the London Police Service. The session is free with no registration required. Bring a friend! For more information, call 519-473-9965.

Follow Up from Police City-Wide Consultation

Two members of our association attended a meeting with police representatives to hear concerns from neighbourhoods. Here is the follow up they received from London Police Services:

There were a number of helpful suggestions last night, of which a few focused on the communication of information and how we as an organization can get identified issues out to the communities in a timely fashion. Our new crime mapping software allows all of you and your residents the opportunity to sign up for automatic notifications of any requested incidents in your area. Simply sign up with your email, select what you want to be notified of and in what area and you will start receiving any information that you have requested.

I would encourage all of you, if you haven’t already, to sign up for the automatic notifications and ensure that your local residents do the same. As we spoke of last night, the more information you have, the more vigilant we can all be in our own neighbourhoods in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our communities.

Here is the link to our crime mapping tool: http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/community/crimemapdisclaimer.htm

Once you get to the RAIDS On line site as it is called, you can click at the “Sign Up for Crime Alerts” button at the top of the page if you wish.

October Update

Sherwood Forest School Site

The rezoning of the Sherwood Forest School site passed City Council last night. The next step is for the city to prepare a Request for Proposal for the sale of the 2/3rds of the site that will be developed for housing in accordance with the zoning by law. We will update you when we hear any further news. We will also need to encourage our new City Councillor to get 7 other members of Council to add money to the 2015 budget for park amenities.

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Neighbourhood Update and Reminder

Sherwood Forest School Site Update

The city staff recommendation for the rezoning passed unanimously at the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee last night. I anticipate it will pass next week at City Council. We will keep you up to date as the process moves forward. The next step will be the City declaring the “non-park” portion surplus and preparing a Request for Proposals for the sale and development of the “housing” portion of the site.

The staff report can be found here.

Reminder – All Candidates’ Meeting for Ward 6

There is a candidates’ meeting at the Cherryhill Mall on Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm. This event will be recorded by Rogers for later re-broadcast. Check Roger’s website for the schedule.

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City Staff Report on Sherwood Forest Site

The City Staff Report on the Sherwood Forest Site is now available.

The report will be presented to the Planning and Environment Committee at its meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, no earlier than 5:00 pm. The meeting will be in the Council Chambers, Second Floor, London City Hall.

You are welcome to attend by going to the Gallery on the 3rd floor. Anyone is welcome to speak when the Committee opens the floor to public input.

Upcoming Events

Medway Walk – Sunday, September 28

Come for a walk-through and litter clean-up of our adopted area of the Medway Valley Environmentally Significant Area (ESA). Families are welcome to join as the walk will be at a leisurely pace.  A biologist who lives in our neighbourhood will help us to understand and appreciate our beautiful valley.

When:  Sunday Sept 28th, 2014. 1:30 pm ( for approx. 1-2 hours)
Where:   Meet at the Ramsay Road entrance to the Valley located between the Precious Blood Monastery and Brescia College
Come prepared:  wear suitable clothing,  footwear, and bring sturdy gloves if you plan to collect litter. Binoculars might come in handy too!
Other questions? contact Ruth Walton <jrwalton@sympatico.ca>   Patti Prieur <plprieur@hotmail.com>

All Candidates Meeting – Monday, September 29

Come question and hear from the seven candidates running to represent us at City Hall for the next four years.  The meeting will be held at Orchard Park P.S. starting at 7 pm.  Come early for good seats!

Sherwood Forest School Site – Tuesday, October 7

City Hall, 3rd Floor

The Planning and Environment Committee of City Council will be reviewing the city staff report on the rezoning of the school property into park and residential uses.  This is a public participation meeting – anyone is allowed to speak at the meeting.  This item appears on the Committee agenda to be heard no earlier than 5 pm.  For more information, please call the city’s Planner who wrote the report, Brian Turcotte at 519-661-2500 ext. 4651, referring to “Z-$334”.  If you wish to have a letter appear on the Committee agenda for consideration, it is due by 9 am on September 29th to the attention of the Chair and Members of the Committee c/o hlysynsk@london.ca

Fall Plant Exchange at Sherwood Library

Sherwood Library will host a Fall Plan Exchange on Saturday, September 27, from 9:30 am-11:30 am.

Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants.

September Newsletter

September Happenings – the Election Looms

Our All Candidates Meeting for City Council candidates in our Ward is September 29th at 7 pm at Orchard Park Public School. Hopefully you can attend. There is also one scheduled for October 9th at Cherryhill Mall at the same time run by other organizations. That meeting will be recorded by Rogers for later broadcasting. The London North Community Association already held theirs and it is available on Livestream if you are interested.
https://new.livestream.com/accounts/9666465/events/3391878.

Sherwood Forest School Site

The morning of September 29th is also the deadline for getting letters to the City Clerk’s office if you want your comments on the change in zoning for the school site to be on the agenda for the meeting of the City’s Planning Committee set for October 7th. Letters for inclusion on the agenda can be sent to hlysynsk@London.ca

Keep Car and Garage Doors Locked

We continue to have reports of break ins to unlocked cars and even a break in to a garage. Please remember to lock your doors and if you are a victim, please be sure to notify the police. While they may not come out, a record is kept and it does influence the amount of patrol activity we get in our area.

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Ward 6 All Candidates Meeting – Mon, Sept 29

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