Sherwood Forest School site, Medway Valley Master Plan and Western’s Open Space Plan

Sherwood Forest School Site

City Council has approved the conditional sale of the part of the former school site slated for housing to to Forest Park Homes Hampton Group. Part of the proceeds from this sale, in the amount of $250,000.00 will be allocated to the budget for the Sherwood Forest future urban park adjacent to this infill demonstration project. The full resolution can be found here.

Medway Valley Master Plan

More details to follow but just to let you know, the public participation meeting before the City’s Planning and Environment Committee will take place on Feb 20th not before 5:15 pm at City Hall. Hopefully you can attend to speak out or include a letter for the agenda. Send letters to pec@london.ca by Feb 12th.

Western’s Open Space Plan

You are invited to attend …

Thursday February 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1162 Althouse College. Parking will be available at the rear of Althouse College. (Entrance to Althouse College is the first stoplight south of the Sarnia Rd/Western Rd intersection)

We welcome your feedback as we move towards finalizing the strategy. You may provide comments in writing to openspace@uwo.ca by February 28, 2018.

Western’s campus landscape shapes its public image, approach to education and research and its physical growth. Following the development and approval of Western’s Campus Master Plan in 2015, work began on the complementary Open Space Strategy. Our beautiful campus is one of our most significant assets and this strategy is required to ensure that our outdoor spaces continue to evolve following a comprehensive vision.

The Open Space Strategy builds on the natural beauty of Western’s campus and legacy of landscape stewardship to deliver a safe and beautiful campus that will foster learning and promote Western as a destination of choice for world class education and research.

The strategy proposes 10 key initiatives that will help transform campus in the coming years. Some could begin in the near future and others will be longer-term projects. For example, the Open Space Strategy includes several ways to make Western’s campus a pedestrian-priority space.

Sincerely,

Lynn Logan
Vice-President (Resources and Operations)

Learn more about this strategy at: http://www.uwo.ca/ipb/publicaccountability/open_space.html

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Late October News

Message from Western

This next week Western staff will will be maintaining sections of the Fram / Springett land – basically mowing and trimming. For more information, contact Brandon Watson at Western. His contact information is bwatso5@uwo.ca or by phone at 661-2111 x 88736

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Neighbourhood News for early August

Lots of items ….

Western’s Renaturalization Project

Western has been working on a naturalization project on the grounds of the University – mostly on the west side of the campus.

The naturalization project continues across campus, clearing invasive species and trees in decline. The crew has returned to a select area within the “Fram Lands” next to Brescia to complete the naturalization efforts.
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Western’s Renaturalization Project

Western is conducting a naturalization project on the Precious Blood Meadow and the lands bordering Springett Lot. They are targeting buckthorn (an invasive, non-native tree) which spreads aggressively, and other woody invasive plants, cutting and removing dead trees including the trees on the line between Brescia and the back of Huron, then doing restoration with native plants. They intend to maintain the new meadow so that the buckthorn doesn’t return.

Apparently, there was a delay in getting the notification pamphlets out to nearby homes. Western staff apologized for the late news. The herbicide being used is called Garlon and it is dabbed on the trunks of buckthorn.

Western Road and Sarnia Road / Philip Aziz Avenue Improvements

Last week, the City held the first of two public information sessions on its plans to improve the traffic flows at the Sarnia and Western Road intersection. As an Environmental Assessment, the city is required to examine alternatives, and make recommendations as to the best alternative (a similar process has just been completed for the Wharncliffe and Oxford intersection and the passage under the railroad bridge). You will find the alternatives being considered at this point on the next to last page of the presentation.
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