March News

Medway Valley

For many years, we have enjoyed the trails in the Medway. However, one trail was actually on private property and signs were posted to let people know this. Please respect private property. Please respect the signage that has been installed. Someone is going out of their way to destroy the signage. Please don’t hesitate to report such actions to the police.
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November News

Road work

Work on Sarnia and on Wonderland is wrapping up according to the City by next week. Work on Western/Wharncliffe is starting up. A contractor will be working on Wharncliffe Rd N. at the tracks (North of Oxford St.) closing one lane on and off flagging tomorrow Weds, Nov 16th for the day with work being done for London Hydro. The contractor will also be restricting the lanes to one lane in each direction starting next week.

Works ($6 M worth) are planned for 2018 for Sarnia and Western. What form this will take has yet to be determined. There will be a public meeting in the area in early 2017 where the city will reveal its preferred option for the intersection.
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January News

Medway Valley Heritage Forest ESA

The Metamora Staircase in the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) has reached its end of life. (Funding for its construction was a ratepayer project in the 90s). The City has formed a Trails Focus Group (TFG). Sandy Levin is participating in the group as part of our Adopt An ESA group. At the second TFG meeting in February City Staff will bring the staircase forward for discussion including any issues around funding, and the sensitivity of the slope and the natural features of the area. City staff and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff (who manage the Forest under contract with the City), will make a site visit this month and post some signs for a temporary trail closure at this location. Councillor Squire is aware of this issue.

Sarnia and Western Road Intersection

The City is still evaluating options for this intersection and in discussions with Western University.
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November News

Secondary Dwelling Units

As you may have read in the Free Press, the matter of secondary dwelling units is to be debated at the City Council’s Planning and Environment Committee on Thursday, November 26. Here is a summary of the key issues of the proposal that relate to our neighbourhood. You can find the full staff report to Committee at: http://www.london.ca/city-hall/meetings/Pages/default.aspx
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Early Spring News

Happy Spring everyone. Spring has sprung with a bloom of public meetings.

Public Information Meeting for the Great Near Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy Review Draft Terms of Reference

The City of London will be hosting a Public Information Meeting to introduce and seek the public’s comments on its initial DRAFT Terms of Reference for a review of the Great Near Campus Neighbourhoods Strategy.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 300 Dufferin Avenue, City Hall, 2nd Floor, Committee Room #3

Click here for more information.

Please contact Justin Adema at (519) 661-2500 ext. 4649, or email jadema@london.ca for further details about the Public Information Meeting or if you want to provide comments directly.

Notice of Public Information Centre #2 – Municipal Class Environmental Assessment – Western Road/Wharncliffe Road North Widening from Platts Lane to Oxford Street

The City of London is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to identify a strategy for the necessary transportation infrastructure requirements along Western Road and Wharncliffe Road North, from Platts Lane to Oxford Street.

The second Public Information Centre (PIC) is scheduled for Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 20 Granville Street from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

This meeting will be an open house format with no formal presentation being made. Information presented will include design alternatives to address the preferred planning solution, an overview of the related advantages and disadvantages of each alternative, and the selection of the recommended design.

If you wish to obtain additional information about the study, be included on the study mailing list, or provide input, please contact Ted Koza, City of London, Tel: 519-661-2500 Ext. 5806, Email: tkoza@london.ca or Peter McAllister, AECOM Canada Ltd., Tel: 519-963-5865 Email: peter.mcallister@aecom.com

Additional information including the slides from the first public meeting in June  is available on the City of London website.

Meeting with London transit on its service review

The current bus routes and service review will identify improvements to the system. The LTC is inviting everyone to drop in sessions to hear about the proposed changes. The drop in sessions will be held at two times on April 8th. Both sessions will be at Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton Street East (just west of Wellington) from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 to 8 pm.

Community Mailboxes

Canada Post will have notified you by now if a Community Mailbox (CMB) will be located on the road allowance next to your house. There will be about 30 in the area, each containing about 30 boxes, given we have about 900 households in the area.

Canada Post advises if anyone has been notified because a site is going next to their property, you certainly still have a chance to voice a concern. You should call the customer contact centre as soon as possible and ask to speak to a supervisor regarding the site. Someone will get back to you. If you haven’t been contacted again after calling the centre, please contact Sandy Levin and he’ll pass along this information to the staff member who is in charge of this initiative. The call centre number is 1-844-454-3009.

Seniors and those with mobility difficulties can call the call centre number now to discuss Canada Post’s accommodation program. Seniors and persons with mobility issues in getting to the CMB will be able to speak to someone directly about your concern, and if you choose to, you can begin a request for accommodation.

Canada Post is not yet ready to send out location letters to everyone because its initial suggested locations are still under review as part of its process. Once the locations are finalized, Canada Post will let all affected residents know the CMB location by letter.

Western Road and Sarnia Road Improvements

This is another road project assessment that has started. Notices of public information meetings for this project will be posted at: http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/EAs/Pages/Western-Road-and-Sarnia-Road-and-Philip-Aziz-Avenue.aspx

Sherwood Forest Branch Library Events

Celebrating Seniors, April 8 from 2 to 3 pm. There will be a presentation by the Canadian Hearing Society on “hearing Loss and Communication Issues.”

The Lego Creation Station is held the first Saturday of every month starting in May, from 2:30 to 3: 30 pm.