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.

Because this was a tie vote, this means the staff recommendation goes to the full council next week (April 24th) for debate – the STAFF recommendation is for two bridges.

An engineer from the consulting firm which builds bridges indicated it is likely the span of the bridges will be about 25 m – roughly 75 feet across the Medway.

Enlarged Map – Site of proposed bridge site D in Medway (near Doncaster entrance)

If you are concerned about these proposed bridges and want your message heard, you should contact each Councillor. You can also put your comments on the public record by having them included on the Council agenda. Here are the e-mail addresses:

For the Council agenda, letters should be address to the Mayor and Members of Council and sent to lmorris@london.ca with a request that your comments appear on the Council agenda of April 24th.

For writing Councillors individually, here are the addresses:

mayor@london.ca
mvanholst@london.ca
barmstro@london.ca
msalih@london.ca,
jhelmer@london.ca
mcassidy@london.ca
psquire@london.ca
joshmorgan@london.ca
phubert@london.ca
ahopkins@london.ca
vridley@london.ca
sturner@london.ca
husher@london.ca
tpark@london.ca
jzaifman@london.ca

What about the tree cutting that has taken place near to where a bridge is proposed?

This is a London Hydro project. They are replacing the hydro poles.

Sherwood Forest School Site Meeting – Wednesday, April 18

Don’t forget the meeting tomorrow night at 7 pm on the second floor of Medway Arena where the agent for the developer will be discussing the plans for the residential housing on part of the former Sherwood Forest School. At our AGM in May, a representative will be talking about the parks planning process.

London Artist Studio Tour – April 20-22

The 2018 London Artists’ Studio Tour is April 20th, 21st and 22nd. This self-guided tour offers the public an extraordinary opportunity to meet local artists in their working environments and learn more about their creative processes. Friday, April 20th is opening night. Between the hours of 7 and 9:30 p.m., tour-goers are treated to refreshments and first choice of the artists’ works. Studios remain open Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22nd from noon to 5 p.m.

You can get more information and the tour guidebook at http://londonstudiotour.ca/

There will be booklets for the tour available outside the home of local artist Marlies Gueth at 60 Bloomfield Dr.

PD Camp at the Museum of Archaeology – April 27th

It’s a day of hands-on learning at MOA’s PA Day Camp on Friday, April 27. Types of activities: nature hikes, creating pinch pots, cookie excavations or other crafts.

Save your spot and register today! Call 519-473-1360 or go on line for a registration form

Community Garage Sale – May 12th

Saturday May 12 th from 8am to 12 noon. Clean the house….Clean the garage… Join the fun. Make some cash… “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure…” Details to follow.

AGM and BBQ May 24th at Orchard Park Public School

Join everyone at 6 pm for hot dogs and hamburgers followed by our Annual General Meeting. This is rain or shine, we will have a number of pop up tents available to keep off the rain or a hot sun.

Keep an Eye Out

There was a report of a group of young men smoking dope while driving a white/ grey run down Honda near Orchard Park Public School who harassed and chased some younger children. This was reported to the police.

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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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ESA, BRT, and BBQ!

Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area

City staff are now proposing two bridges in the Valley including one in our area (see the black circles on the map below). The bridges may be similar to those across the Creek north of Fanshawe Park Road as each crossing is roughly 3 times wider than across Rollingwood Creek below Metamora.


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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.
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January 2018 News

Happy New Year. Here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy 2018.

Snow Angel Reminder

http://snowangelslondon.ca/

FIND A SNOW ANGEL: Are you a senior or person in need? Once you’ve joined Snow Angels London you can ask for help from a snow angel. It only takes a few minutes to give waiting shovels an idea where you live and a brief description of any important details. Submit your request, search for snow angels in your area and/or have them contact you to make the arrangements. Try it today!

BECOME A SNOW ANGEL: Ready to make London a little nicer and help out a neighbour in need? Sign up as a Snow Angel and you will be connected with neighbours requiring assistance as well as other Snow Angels nearby. When you are willing to shovel, simply sign in and search for people near you in need of support.

January 19th PD Day at the Museum of Ontario Archeology

Experience hands on learning at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology with uniquely themed PA day camps for kids. Each camp has a different theme and different activities. Space is Limited. Ages 5-9, call 473-1360 to register.

Brescia Cultural Festival

The Brescia Cultural Festival is on Thursday, January 25 from 12:30-3:30pm in Brescia’s Auditorium in the Mother St. James Building. It’s an opportunity for the Brescia community to showcase various aspects of their heritages. This is done as table displays, various performances and activities and food. Several of the local ethnocultural restaurants generously donate food for sampling.

Starting this year Brescia will be showcasing a community group as a way of continuing our outreach and will be collaborating with the Chinese Canadian National Council.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Nature in the City

Nature in the City 2018 , a free six-part series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the City of London, begins on Tuesday, January 16.

  • Dates: Six Tuesday evenings from January 16 to February 20
  • Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: London Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.
  • Cost: Free! Plus up to two hours free validated parking at Citi Plaza during library hours.

The series begins on Tuesday, January 16 with: When the Salt of the Earth Meets Wildlife Rehab

Since its founding in 2004, Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre has been nursing injured wildlife back to health in the London area. Founder Brian Salt will describe the journey he has been on, the work that he leads with staff and a volunteer team, and the recent expansion of Salthaven. Come and learn about a day in the life of this rehabilitation facility.

Families are welcome! For more information on the series, click here.

Nature in the City is co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.