Late Fall Update

Sherwood Forest School Site

The change to the zoning of the school site was not appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. This means that the formal transferring it to City ownership will take place once the legal formalities are complete. The next step is for the city to issue a tender for the demolition of the buildings. The tender is to be approved by City Council before work may begin. It is anticipated that the demolition will take 4 to 5 weeks and start in February or March.

Canada Post Ending Door to Door Delivery Next Year

We will be receiving mail at a Community Mailbox instead of at the door, as of sometime in the fall of 2015.

Canada Post has developed a one-on-one approach for the needs of seniors and Canadians with mobility challenges. Should a senior or any other person have a question or concern about this initiative, they are invited to contact Canada Post’s toll free number – 1-844-454-3009 – to have their questions answered.

The Community Mailbox locations are determined by Canada Post staff and shared with municipal staff for their feedback, and if the municipality wishes, their agreement. (Sandy is checking with how this will work in London and will provide an update.)

While it is still undecided how many Community Mailboxes there will be in our area, here are the general guidelines Canada Post follows:

  • On public easements;
  • As unobtrusive as possible;
  • As close as possible to the customers it will serve;
  • Sidewalks are present; if available
  • Sides of corner lots, away from windows and driveways;
  • Set back from intersections to provide clear sight lines;
  • Walkways or other public spaces;
  • Close to street lighting wherever possible.
  • On private property with permission
  • Church parking lot, convenience store, strip mall, gas station, etc.

Before they make site selection public, Canada Post will go to the door of the homes adjacent to the proposed location and make personal contact to let the homeowner know a site is proposed on the municipal property beside them. Once this is done, Canada Post will let customers know where their site will be by letter and directions to their website.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

The next phase of the Master Plan for the ESA will start up early in the new year. Stay tuned for details. Everyone is reminded to observe the trail closed signs in the area. Some trails have been closed due to erosion. Part of the planning exercise is where trail locations make the most sense and are most sensitive to the natural environment we enjoy and want to continue to protect.

Blue Boxes

As you may have noticed, hot cups from Tim Horton’s, McDonalds and other fast food locations can now be recycled in our Blue Box. Just be sure to take the lid off because in the recycling centre, an optical sorter identifies the plastic lids while the cups are hand sorted along with other ‘polycoat’ containers (i.e. milk and juice cartons, paper ice cream cartons). Separating these two items helps us in the facility. Interestingly enough, compostable cups are not to be put in the Blue Box as they are made of cornstarch and not paper.

You might be interested in viewing a video of London’s recycling centre. They also take groups through on tour. If you are interested, please contact Anne Boyd at the City of London 519-661-2500 x 6464.

Be Watchful During the Holiday Season

During the holiday season like other times, it is important to keep an eye out for unusual activity and to report it to the police.

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.
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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

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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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