Western Road and Sarnia Road / Philip Aziz Avenue Improvements

Last week, the City held the first of two public information sessions on its plans to improve the traffic flows at the Sarnia and Western Road intersection. As an Environmental Assessment, the city is required to examine alternatives, and make recommendations as to the best alternative (a similar process has just been completed for the Wharncliffe and Oxford intersection and the passage under the railroad bridge). You will find the alternatives being considered at this point on the next to last page of the presentation.

springettYou will see that the study is evaluating as one possibility, diverting traffic from the west end of the Springett Parking lot through the neighbourhood to relieve the traffic at the Sarnia/Western Road intersection thru by-passing the intersection. This could also include a new traffic light between Western and Sleightholme. It could also increase cut through traffic from the University to Wonderland. Nothing decided at this point, you should be aware that this process is underway so that you might submit comments (see the last page of the attached which indicates the due date for comments and where to send them). Also under consideration is a double left turn for westbound traffic from Western Road.

There will be a second public meeting in the fall where the consultants will present the preferred option for comment. After this meeting, a report will be written and open for public comment. I will be keeping you up to date on this matter.

Buckthorn Busting in the Medway

buckthorn mapJoin a group of neighborhood environmental stewards to help remove an invasive species from the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA).

What: Medway Buckthorn Busting
When: Thursday June 25 6-8 pm

See the map for the location. Parking is available along Glenridge Cresc.

Families are welcome; people should wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor work (sandals or flip flops are probably not a good idea). Equipment will be supplied by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Contacts for the Orchard Park / Sherwood Forest ESA Adoption group:
Patti Prieur plprieur@hotmail.com
Ruth Walton jrwalton@sympatico.ca

Survey of OPSF residents

Here is the survey that Councillor Phil Squire distributed at our AGM last month. He is looking for responses by the end of this month. Your comments can be sent to his attention at City Hall, 300 Dufferin Ave or by e-mail at psquire@london.ca

In addition, there is an on-line survey (open until June 23) posted at the City’s web site asking for your input on London’s Strategic Plan priorities. It, and the entire Strategic Plan can be found at:
https://www.london.ca/city-hall/Civic-Administration/City-Management/Pages/Strategic-Planning.aspx

Neighbourhood Update

Community Meeting/AGM and BBQ

Looking forward to seeing you at 6 pm at Orchard Park School on Thursday, May 28th for our annual meeting – this year, preceded by a BBQ and social. Flyers should arrive in your mailbox late this week or weekend.

We have a few small lawn signs about the event to help spread the word. Please offer to take one, particularly if you live on Heathcote, Maldon, or Middlewoods or haven’t seen another sign! Just email Sandy Levin with your address.

Councillor Squire is holding a Ward Meeting This Week

Councillor Squire will be at our AGM next week. If you can’t make it next week, consider attending his ward meeting this Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm at Kings College (see map). He has asked Greg Barrett from the City Planning Division to attend the start of the meeting to go over the terms of reference for the new Greater Near Campus Neighbourhood study. This study will deal with the housing issues in the Near Campus area which includes Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest. Councillor Squire will make a brief presentation on some of the things going on at City Hall since the new council was elected:

1. The new multi-year budget process and municipal taxes.
2. Rapid Transit and how it may affect Ward 6.
3. How the new council is working together.
4. Setting priorities for new City initiatives.

He will also answer any questions you have.

Reminder About Safety This Summer

Always lock your doors, even if you are just in the yard for “a minute.” A theft was reported in the area over the weekend where the thief just walked into a house during the day and took a number of things while the home was occupied.

May Neighborhood News

AGM and COMMUNITY GET TOGETHER May 28th at Orchard Park Public School

Mark your calendar for the annual general meeting and Community Get Together (we are planning a BBQ) starting at about 6 pm. We will be joined by Councillor Squire who will give us a City Hall update and respond to your questions. Bring a neighbour and spread the word.

We have some small lawn signs to help publicize the event. If you are willing to have one on your lawn for a couple of weeks, please let me know.

MEDWAY SENIORS on MAY 13

On Wednesday, May 13th from 2 to 3 p.m at the Sherwood Library, please join us for an informative and interactive presentation “Brain Gym Refresh by Susan Vrancic from the Waverley Retirement Residence. The session is free with no registration required. Bring a friend! For more information, call 519-473-9965.

GREAT NEAR CAMPUS NEIGHBOURHOOD STRATEGY REVIEW

There is a public participation meeting at City Hall on May 19th from 7:30 pm in the City Council Chambers regarding this initiative. City Staff will present draft terms of reference to the Planning and Environment Committee (PEC). If you can’t make the meeting, but wish to have your comments on the agenda, write to hlysynsk@london.ca with a note that asks to have your submission included on the May 19th agenda of PEC.

COUNCILLOR SQUIRE HAS AN OPEN HOUSE ON MAY 21

If you can’t get to the AGM on May 28th to hear from and ask questions of Councillor Squire, he is holding a community meeting on May 21 at Kings College from 7 pm. Please spread the word.

MEDWAY VALLEY HERITAGE FOREST ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT AREA (ESA)

Here is a flyer from the City about happenings to protect our ESA. There are a number of links in the flyer that will take you to additional information including the ongoing Conservation Master Plan (CMP). City staff indicate that they plan to make a presentation to the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee this summer about the CMP. Stay tuned.

WATERMAIN WORK HAS STARTED

The City of London has awarded a contract to Fer-Pal Construction Limited for the 2015 Structural Lining Program. The work will include the cleaning and structural lining of existing watermains on the following streets including restoration of roadways, curb and gutters, sidewalks, driveways, and boulevards that are disturbed during construction:

  • Middlewoods from Lawson Road to Sarnia Road,
  • Brentwood Crescent from Middlewoods to Middlewoods,
  • Brentwood Place for the full extent
  • Lonsdale Drive from Maldon Road to Bromleigh Avenue,
  • Heathcote Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent,
  • Bromleigh Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent and
  • Lawson Road from Wonderland Road to Wychwood Park

More info

COMMUNITY MAILBOX CLARIFICATION

The new Community Mailboxes will have slots for outgoing mail.

2015 Watermain Cleaning and Structural Lining Project – Orchard Park Area

The City of London has awarded a contract to Fer-Pal Construction Limited for the 2015 Structural Lining Program. The work will include the cleaning and structural lining of existing watermains on the following streets including restoration of roadways, curb and gutters, sidewalks, driveways, and boulevards that are disturbed during construction:

  • Middlewoods from Lawson Road to Sarnia Road,
  • Brentwood Crescent from Middlewoods to Middlewoods,
  • Brentwood Place for the full extent
  • Lonsdale Drive from Maldon Road to Bromleigh Avenue,
  • Heathcote Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent,
  • Bromleigh Avenue from Lonsdale Drive to Leyton Crescent and
  • Lawson Road from Wonderland Road to Wychwood Park.

The above work is scheduled to begin around May 7, 2015 and expected to be complete around the end of August 2015.

More information

Western’s Sewer work to impact Huron Drive, Philip Aziz

South Valley Sanitary Sewer Relocation Apr 6-Aug 31 2015 NOP.pdfStarting Monday, May 4, sections along Huron Drive and Philip Aziz Avenue will see intermittent closures to roadways, pedestrian paths and the practice fields due to sewer upgrades in the Huron Flats and South Valley area. The work is expected to be completed by early September, prior to the start of the new academic year.

For more information, see http://news.westernu.ca/2015/04/sewer-work-impact-huron-drive-philip-aziz/