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/

 

Neighborhood Notification – Former Sherwood Forest School

We have received the Notification Letter that will be sent out to the residents to advise them of the upcoming demolition of the former Sherwood Public School site.  This letter also includes the extent of the tree removals required by Urban Forestry.

Save the Date, School Demolition, and other news

Community Social and ratepayer AGM – May 28

Mark May 28th in your calendar. Your executive is busy planning a fun event to precede our Annual General Meeting. Please spread the word. Councillor Squire will be available for questions. We are working on a presentation/speaker on a city topic. Did you want to hear about the Medway Valley Conservation Master Plan? The Rapid Transit Plan? LTC’s Service Improvement Plan? Let us know.

We are still looking for new members of the Executive. Please contact Sandy Levin if you are interested.

Sherwood Forest School Demolition

This report is on the agenda for a City Committee for April 21. If approved by Committee and then by Council on April 28th, demolition will start in May.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest

The city is continuing its trail planning for the Medway. You can see the consultant’s report at
http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Pages/Conservation-Plans.aspx

Further work is planned for 2015 with the a presentation to City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee in July and the formation of a city-led Local Advisory Committee in 2015 which will consider trail locations and other management matters.

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority which manages the Forest for the City reports that a large beech at the top of the staircase has had several upper branches removed to reduce the weight on the lean side of the tree , which is a “target to the staircase.”

There are 2 trees within the staircase, a yellow birch and an Ironwood. These trees are creating stress on the stairs so they may be cut as well this year.

Community Mailboxes

Here is what the community mailboxes will look like when installed.Community mailboxesThe photo shows the maximum grouping of three that we have been told will be installed within the neighbourhood. Some locations will have only one or two units.

Be Alert and Lock your Car

With the warmer weather, I have been advised of a car being broken into on Lonsdale. Be sure to lock your car if you are leaving it outside and be sure to report an incidents to the police.

 

Great Near Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy – Draft Terms of Reference‏

City staff are looking for feedback on the draft Terms of Reference for the  Great Near Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy Review.  Unfortunately, they have a tight timeline for getting this proposal before a Committee of City Council.

The project will review current conditions in Near Campus Neighbourhoods such as ours, review the 2008 strategy and prepare a new strategy.

Please send comments to Justin Adema (contact information below) by April 10th.  Justin can also be contacted for more information.

Justin Adema, MPl, MCIP, RPP
Planner II, Long Range Planning and Research
Planning Services, City of London
P.O. Box 5035, 206 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 4L9
T: 519-661-2500 ext 4649 | F: 519-667-5397 | E: jadema@london.ca