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.

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Medway News and Other Neighbourhood Events

Medway ESA

The draft Medway ESA Conservation Master Plan went to the City’s Planning and Environment Committee of Council for review on Monday. After 11:30 pm Monday night, this ended in a 3-3 tie vote. Councillor Park moved a motion to remove the bridge in our area, and got support from Hopkins and Turner (our Councillor, Phil Squire, is not on this Committee, and was therefore not eligible to vote, but he is certainly opposed to the bridges). The motion to remove the bridge was opposed by the Mayor, Councillors Helmer and Cassidy.
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Lots of Neighbourhood News…

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

The final report and background material for the Medway ESA Conservation Master Plan Review can be found at http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Pages/Conservation-Plans.aspx

There is a proposal for two new, likely large, bridges across the Medway including one adjacent to the “beach” in our area. (On the maps in the report, they are called “trail linkages”). This is a significant change to this Environmentally Significant Area and to our neighbourhood.

There has been an off and on effort from the City to bridge the Creek for the last 20 years. Each time our community has been outspoken with our concerns about the negative impacts on the natural environment increased use will cause. As you will note in the report and on the maps, there are large areas of habitat and examples of species at risk that are already stressed.
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Updates on School Site and Medway ESA

Best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy 2018.

Sherwood Forest School Site

The Tender for the Sherwood Forest School Site was officially released this month. The question closing period ended on December 14th and the tender closes on December 21st. We are hopeful that we get a good outcome. For more info see the City’s website.

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

A reminder that the public participation meeting at City Hall will likely be on February 8th. Letters can be sent to pec@london.ca by January 15th with a note that you want it included on the agenda when the Master Plan for this ESA is before the Planning and Environment Committee. Also copy Councillor Squire (psquire@london.ca) Letters should be addressed to Chair and Members. Even better than a letter is to appear at the meeting and let the Committee members know how you feel about the ESA.

The current version of the Master Plan can be found at: http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/MVHF_ESA_south_PhII.pdf