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.

Election

The Ward 6 candidate debate held last week at Cherryhill Mall, will be available to Rogers customers on Cable Channel 13 this Friday at 8 am and Saturday night at 9:30 pm.

Debates are also available online on the Rogers site

The Ward 6 isn’t posted yet (as of Wednesday afternoon), but it should be there soon.

Police Service Business Plan Consultation

The general public is invited to provide input to the London Police Services three year business plan. Click here for more information.

Child and Youth Network Survey

The Child and Youth Network has a survey targeted to users of children services. The purpose of the survey is to obtain feedback on the experiences of London families accessing services for their children. The information you provide will help to make it easier for families in London to access the services they need.

According to the City, we live in the Medway area so you are invited to participate if you have at least one child under the age of 18. The City is hoping you will reply to the survey by the end of this month.

Fall Leaves

When you are out raking, be sure the sewer grates by your house are free of leaves. This helps to avoid flooding.

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.

Voting

Election Day is October 27th. You should get your voter card this week. If you want or need to vote early, you can vote on Oct 11 or Oct 16 or Oct 18 at the Sherwood Forest branch library from 10 am to 8 pm.

Questions for Candidates

  • The London Plan is London’s new draft land use plan and vision for London 25 years from now. What are two things you like about the London Plan and what two things concern you?
  • How could the availability of low income housing in London be improved?
  • What do you see as ways of improving public transit in London, what are the estimated costs of your ideas, and on what basis do you think your ideas will work if adopted?
  • The new draft Official Plan, the London Plan, calls for affordable housing for all neighbourhoods in London. What impact will this have in your ward?
  • If you are elected, which member of the current council would you turn to for advice and why?
  • (This is a two part question) Do you feel it is important to live in the ward you want to represent? Do you? And if not, why not?
  • What conflicts of interest will you have to declare and why? If none, why not?
  • Over the past 15 years, Londoners have paid millions of dollars in subsidies to private businesses, mostly in the form of development charges. How important have these subsidies been for London?
  • What are the three most important city services to maintain and grow? Explain why you picked these.
  • London’s landfill will be filled in about 10-15 years. The land is there to expand it, but creating the “hole in the ground” will cost over $100 M. What steps should London City Council take to slow the rate at which the landfill is filling up and why?
  • Over the years, many decisions have been made about the city’s natural areas and the river. Some have called for increased use, others, for protection and naturalization. Which way do you lean on this issue and why?
  • When and where before the election will you publish a list of your donors? If not, why not?
  • What are the pros and cons of selling all or part of London Hydro?
  • What idea another city has implemented would you try to introduce in London, and why?
  • Two consecutive council appointed task forces have recommended that the pay a councillor receives not be changed. And each pointed out that the pay is a stipend, not a reflection of hourly work or even a salary. What is your opinion of these conclusions?
  • High quality city services like libraries and recreation programs make for healthy, liveable cities. How would you go about deciding between budgets for these programs versus other needs?
  • As London becomes more multi-cultural and diverse, what changes will Council need to make in how city services are delivered?
  • It takes a majority of Council to pass anything. You only get one vote. What one idea are you going to fight to get passed during your term on City Council?
  • At the end of your time on City Council, how would you like to be remembered at your farewell party?

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.

Child and Youth Network and Healthy Eating & Healthy Physical Activity

The Medway Working Group (part of the Child and Youth Network) has its next meeting is Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Banting in Room 137. Currently, the group is committed to increasing neighbourhood safety by advocating for bike facility changes. One specific change the group is advocating for is an alteration to the hazardous bike boulevards at the intersection of Lawson Rd and Wonderland Rd. Please see the invite posted on facebook.com/MedwayWG and twitter account @MedwayWG.

London Transit

London Transit is reviewing its services and is looking for input. There is a survey you can fill out by October 13th that can be found at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/letstalktransit

Election Day and Advanced Polls

Election Day is October 27th. If you are unable to vote on that day, advance polls will be available in a number of locations in the city. Near us, advance polls will be open from 10 am to 8 pm on October 11, 16 and 18 at Sherwood Forest Library, Masonville Library and Cherryhill Library.

London Plan

Comments on the London Plan will be received by the city up to the beginning of November. This is the new land use plan for the city and there are a number of changes that could have impacts on our neighbourhood such as making it easier to rezone properties on Sarnia Road for higher densities including mid rise apartments. For more information, go to http://www.london.ca/business/Planning-Development/Official-Plan/Pages/The-London-Plan.aspx

In Other News

The in motion™ Community Challenge is BACK! Last year, over 2 million minutes of physical activity were recorded in the City of London. This year, we hope to exceed this number as we march toward creating the healthiest city in Canada. You and your organization can participate by downloading the free in motion™ mobile app from the App Store or by downloading the app directly from inmotion4life.ca. You can also participate by recording your minutes of physical activity on the paper tracking form. You can pick up the paper tracker from any library or download it from inmotion4life.ca. If you use the mobile app, I encourage you to create a team (community) and invite your family, friends and/or colleagues to join in! You are also invited to join the Medway Neighbourhood Team so we can work towards being the healthiest neighbourhood in the city! Please encourage residents you work with to do so as well! If you choose to participate in the challenge as a work place, or promote the challenge to the residents you work with, please let me know and I can supply you with some promotional items.

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Ward 6 All Candidates Meeting – Mon, Sept 29

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Presentation from Community Meeting – Sherwood Forest PS Site

The presentation from the Wednesday, September 3
Community Meeting on the Sherwood Forest PS is now available.