Saturday, June 16 is Voting Day for City’s Neighbourhood Decision Making Program

This Saturday, June 16th, is the voting day for the City’s Neighbourhood Decision Making program.

The proposed projects in Northwest London are listed at https://getinvolved.london.ca/NDM/northwest-london.

Within Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest, the resurfacing of the tennis courts is proposed.

Last year, our proposal for park equipment fell just 7 votes short.

You can vote at any library branch between 10 and 4 on Saturday, or online on June 16 from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm.

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Neighborhood News

BBQ and AGM

Thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ. We had great weather and hope all of you had a good time meeting neighbours and enjoying the sunshine. Welcome to all the new members and thanks too for those of you who renewed your membership, including some who renewed again after a hiatus. Memberships can still be sent Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers, c/o 65 Rollingwood Circle, N6G 1R1. The cost is only $10 for the year per household.

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Neighborhood News – May 11

Orchard Park Public School Fun Fair and Movie Night – June 7, 7:30 pm

This event will take place in A.L Furanna Park, Lawson and Wychwood. Come out and have some fun.

Medway Valley – Council Resolution

We finally received a copy of the resolution of City Council regarding its decision on the Master Plan for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area.

That the following actions be taken with respect to the Conservation Master Plan for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (South):

a) the Conservation Master Plan (CMP) for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (South) (ESA), appended to the staff report dated April 16, 2018, BE REFERRED back to the Civic Administration to report back at a future meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee, after undertaking the following actions:

i) deleting proposed bridge A from the CMP;

ii) deleting the proposed bridge D from the CMP;

iii) undertaking further public consultation with respect to those portions of the CMP that effect changes to the eastern boundary of the ESA, including the use of public streets;

iv) undertaking further consultation with the Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACCAC), the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee (EEPAC), the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and neighbouring First Nations Governments and Organizations with respect to improved trail access and conditions;

v) actions be taken to discourage crossings of the creek at sites A, B, C, D and E, as identified in the CMP;

vi) hardscaped surfaces on the level 2 trails be limited to the greatest extent possible;

b) staff BE DIRECTED to work with our community partners in the implementation of the CMP with regard to external funding opportunities;

c) the members of ACCAC, EEPAC and the Local Advisory Committee and the community BE THANKED for their work in the review and comments on the document;

d) the Civic Administration BE DIRECTED to report back on the following matters with respect to the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (south) Conservation Master Plan:

i) ways to improve the public consultation process for any Environmentally Significant Areas and Conservation Master Plans; and,

ii) amending the Trails Systems Guidelines to incorporate consultation with neighbouring First Nations, Governments and Organizations at the beginning of the process;

Be Aware

A locked bike was stolen in broad daylight from the bike rack at Orchard Park Public School this week.

BBQ and AGM – Thursday, May 24, starting at 6:00 pm at Orchard Park Public School

Looking forward to summer? Start it off with the neighbourhood BBQ followed by our annual general meeting. There will be burgers and hot dogs, drinks and snacks. This is a rain or shine event as we will have pop up tents. There will be display boards with information about the upcoming development that will be taking place on the former Sherwood Forest School site. City staff will speak at the AGM about how planning for the park will take place. Councillor Squire will give a city hall update and take your questions. Representatives from Western will be in attendance to talk about the university’s open space and car free plans as well as take questions about student rental issues.

There are small lawn signs available to help advertise the event. Contact Sandy Levin if you are willing to take a sign that will be removed on May 25th.

We are looking for people to help, specifically with clean up after the BBQ. If you don’t mind missing part of the AGM or aren’t staying for the AGM, please let the chefs at the BBQ know you are available to help with clean up.

Also, we are looking for pictures and recollections and stories of the neighbourhood. The area was first developed about 60 years ago and we have already started a collection of photos and the original sales brochure for the area. Please send your contributions to opsfrp@gmail.com and they will be posted to a Google doc we are setting up.

City of London Neighbourhood Decision Making – Now Accepting Ideas until May 22!

City Council has committed $50,000 to support projects to improve neighbourhoods including our area. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, May 22nd.

April Neighborhood News

Medway Valley

As you may have heard the City Council removed the two bridges from the current plan for the Valley and sent the report back to staff for additional consultation. There was some discussion at the Council meeting about an alternate location for a bridge across the Creek from our part of the Valley to the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. What happens next remains to be seen. Thanks to those of you who expressed your views to members of Council. Councillor Squire worked very hard on our behalf.
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