Neighborhood News – May 11

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