Proposed LTC service changes and timing of development at the former Sherwood Forest School site

Proposed LTC Service Changes

LTC is proposing service changes in our area including running buses along Lawson Road during evenings and weekends. LTC is seeking input on this change. You may have already received a card in the mail.

There will be an open house at the Sherwood Branch library on November 27th between 2 and 4 pm and between 6 and 8 pm. There is also an on line survey at londontransit.ca under Service Updates. You have to do a little digging to find the change as there are a number of other changes – the change in our area would be to the #9 route. You can also e-mail comments to ltcserviceplan@gmail.com

The last time this change was proposed, it was quite contentious. LTC will be making a final decision on this and other route changes in January.

Development at the Sherwood Forest School Site

The City will be holding a meeting in late January to review options for the park development. The public participation meeting at City Hall for the site plan for the new housing development is to be held on January 7, 2019. We don’t have the time yet, but will post that when available. According to the developer, if all goes well at City Hall, construction of the new housing will begin in March of 2019.

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School Site News

Sherwood Forest School Site Development and Park Planning

The developer hopes to have an approval for the site plans for the new housing on the site at Annadale and Wychwood at City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee meeting on December 7th. We will let you know when a date and time are confirmed. It will be an open public meeting and anyone in attendance can speak. Letters can also be submitted to appear on the agenda by writing pec@london.ca

City staff are looking at the week of January 28th for an evening meeting in the neighbourhood to hear what park amenities we would like to see in the portion of the site that will be a park. Stay tuned for date and location. City staff have been asked to check with the schools to confirm there are no conflicting school events that week.

Catch Basins

At this time of the year it is important to keep the catch basins near your house clear of leaves so that the water doesn’t flood the street or driveways. The city street sweeping is not frequent enough to do it. So be nice and clear the catch basin.

Snow Angels

Snow Angels London is an experiment in kindness: a way for Londoners to request assistance shoveling or to find others in need of such assistance. It’s a simple tool that will allow people to register and find others near them – both people who need assistance AND those willing to help.

http://snowangelslondon.ca/

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? (There is a printable tracking sheet for that.) Maybe notice someone who needs assistance lives near someone you know? Reach out to friends, family and neighbours who may be able to step up and help shovel out our city. For some winter can be a cold and lonely time — but we can help change that.

If you know someone who needs the service but does not have a computer, you can register them at the website. Please spread the word.

Responses from Mayoral Candidates to Questions from the Ratepayers

The following three questions were sent by e-mail twice to all mayoral candidates. The text of the e-mail and the questions are reproduced below. Click here for the candidates’ responses.

Dear Candidate for Mayor, please answer the 3 questions below by October 2, 2018 to this e-mail address. The questions and your answers will be posted to our web site after October 2nd and e-mailed to our community e mail list of roughly 450 individuals.
Thank you in advance and good luck in your campaign.

Sandy Levin
President

1. The Mayor is only one vote. You need 7 other votes to agree with you. Other than BRT, what one issue is your priority for getting 7 other members of Council to agree with you and why?

2. Last Council overruled the Minister of Municipal Affairs who said London could restrict secondary dwelling units from the Near Campus Area. Will you support a motion to reconsider Council’s decision?

3. The Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area is a part of our community. What have you done that would give us an idea of how you would deal with issues affecting the Medway and other environmentally significant areas in London?

Late September Neighbourhood Update

All Candidates Meetings for Mayor

Several upcoming events:

Weds, Oct 3:

King’s University College is holding a Mayoral Debate on Oct 3rd at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) in the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre, Student Life Centre, 266 Epworth Ave. There is event parking available on site (free). The theme is the “Future of London” and it is organized by several student groups on campus. The first hour is questions by a student panel. The second hour is open mic questions. It will be followed by tea & coffee reception at 9pm. https://www.kings.uwo.ca/about-kings/visitor-info/calendar-of-events/mayoral-debate/

Thursday, Oct 4:

Mayoral candidates and Ward 7 (not our ward) candidates at Four Season Restaurant, 455 Fanshawe Park Rd W. 6 p.m. (doors open 5:30). The Mayor portion will start no earlier than 7 pm.

Weds, Oct 10:

Sponsored by the Urban League of London, Women & Politics and the London Community Foundation
Wed Oct 10 Eagle Heights Public School – Oxford Street at Cherryhill All Candidates (Our Ward)
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. followed by a “meet & greet” until 8:30 p.m.

P.S. We are still waiting to hear a response to our neighbourhood’s 3 questions from a majority of the candidates for Mayor.

New Aurelia House Opens

The Sisters of the Precious Blood Monastery have opened their new Aurelia House.

From Sister Linda and all of the Sisters in London:

In order to share with you as soon as possible, we have put together a slideshow of the highlights of the opening from last weekend. Enjoy this little photo story (about 6 minutes long).

Catch Basins

Remember to keep the catch basin near your home clear of leaves and other debris. By doing so, you reduce the risk of street and other flooding.

Reminder

Keep your car and garage doors locked. One of those who has their car riffled through wanted to remind neighbours that garage door openers are often targeted – you may want to consider keeping them indoors overnight.

Mid-September News

Disturbing incident last Saturday night

An incident occurred at one of the houses near to the Longbow entrance to the Medway Valley. The homeowners were awoken at 3am by a loud pounding on the front door. 911 was called and a car was seen speeding away. Unfortunately the police had not arrived an hour later and when the homeowner called back, the 911 operator told them that the police were busy downtown and would get there when they could. At 5am the 911 person called back and let the homeowner know it would still be a while. The homeowner told 911 that the intruder had gone. Upon examining the front door, the residents found deep indents in the steel door, apparently made with some kind of tool. This was added to the report.

At about 6:30am the police finally showed up. Apparently it was a busy night downtown, and someone trying to break down our door in the middle of the night was a lower priority. Since the perpetrator(s) left without further action, I guess that is understandable, but if they had continued for an hour as the 911 person had asked, that would be quite terrifying especially since the door is mostly glass.

The resident agreed to share this experience in order to alert you and other neighbors and to remind people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

At last week’s ward meeting attended by the police, a question was asked if having lights on at night is a deterrent. The police suggested that motion activated lights are best, but that lighting can help neighbours see if there is someone prowling about.

It was made clear at the meeting that the police pay attention to what they call “hot spots.” Hot spots are areas from which the police receive reports of thefts, break ins to garages, bike thefts, etc. The recommendation made at the meeting was “report, report, report.” The police non-emergency number is 519-661-5670. Even minor thefts should be reported.

We are looking into conducting a Community Safety Audit.

Municipal Election news

To check if you are on the voter list, go to: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/voter-info/Pages/Am-I-on-the-List.aspx

All the Mayoral candidates have received three questions from the Ratepayers with a due date of October 2 for a response. The replies will be posted.

We have cancelled the All Candidates meeting which had been planned for September 26th at Brescia. There are a number of other meetings and the Free Press web site has the candidates’ replies to their questionnaire on the Free Press web site.

Upcoming All Candidates meetings are listed at on the City’s website at: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/voter-info/Pages/All-Candidates-Meetings.aspx

Election Day is October 22 and the City is using a ranked ballot for the city (but not school board) election. For more information on the ranked ballot see: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/elections/ranked-choice-voting/Pages/default.aspx

Youth Transit Pass

Those 13 to 17 years of age, can now save money on transit through the new Youth Transit Pass! One place to get the pass is at the Aquatic Centre across Wonderland Road

More information is available at: http://www.london.ca/residents/Roads-Transportation/Transportation-Choices/Pages/Youth-Transit-Pass.aspx