Reminder: Annual BBQ and AGM, Thurs, May 23

As a reminder, the Ratepayers annual BBQ will be this Thursday, May 23rd, at Orchard Park Public School starting at 6 pm, followed by our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7:30.

If you can help with clean up and take down right before the AGM, it would be appreciated. Just drop by the grill and let the cooks know you are available.

Anyone interested in serving on the Executive should contact Sandy Levin. We are also looking for someone to take minutes of the meeting. Let us know if you are interested – paper and pen provided!

The AGM will include speakers from the City’s Age Friendly Initiative, Salthaven, our City Hall report from Councillor Squire, and an update on the park and housing development at the former Sherwood Forest School site.

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Planning for Sherwood Forest Park

A reminder of the Sherwood Forest Park Development – Community Meeting on April 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Orchard Park Public School gym to discuss the new Sherwood Forest Park. City staff will be working with those who attend to plan the amenities for the new park on the site of the former Sherwood Forest school at Annadale and Wychwood Park. If you can’t make the meeting but want to provide your thoughts, contact Stephanie Wilson at the City (stwilson@london.ca) with your suggestions.

Specific questions that city staff would like to consult on include:

  • Outdoor Play Spaces: Are there specific needs of children and caregivers with various disabilities?
  • Recreational Trails: Are there design elements needed to accommodate specific needs?

The development on the part of the site closest to Friar’s Way and to Finsbury is close to clearing the final requirements for starting the project. The consultation on the public site plan has taken place. The site plan is consistent with what the community has stressed since the start of this process. At this point, construction is still a few months away.

Mid-February Neighbourhood News

Sherwood Forest Park

The meeting to discuss options for the new park amenities has been rescheduled to April 3 at 6:30 pm at Orchard Park P.S. You should be receiving a letter inviting you to the meeting and where to provide comments if you cannot attend.

London Transit Open House

The LTC will be removing the bus service from Lawson and Wychwood. It still hasn’t made a decision on the re-routing of the service thru Whitehills and down Wonderland to Sarnia. There will be a public consulation on Tuesday, Feb 19th, at the Central Library Stevenson Hunt Room from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Community Meeting on Unsanctioned and Unsafe Street Parties

All public agencies in the City of London involved in public safety, health care, education, and student life are very concerned about the unintended consequences of unsanctioned street parties which have occurred in near campus neighbourhoods. As a result of the most recent event on Broughdale Avenue in September 2018, a task force has been working on a variety of policy matters related to legislation, by-laws and internal policies. This group includes representatives from the City, London Police Service, Western University Administration, and Student Union who specialize in policy matters, and on-campus student programming. If any changes to City By-laws are proposed, Civic Administration will present them to the Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) by April 2019.

In an effort to engage the public in the discussion about solutions, a community meeting will be held:

Date: February 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sir Frederick Banting High School

Family Day at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Monday, February 18. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Activities free with museum admission.

  • Try hand drumming and share traditional stories with Mi’kmaq storyteller Nina Antoine-Ogilvie;
  • Explore musical history with a visit to Lend an Ear to the Past: An Archaeology of Sound in the feature gallery;
  • Build your own musical instrument.

Engaging with the City Workshop

Take charge of your city. Learn how to navigate City Hall, and participate in council and committee processes.There will be a workshop on March 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at London Public Library, Crouch Branch, 550 Hamilton Road. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighbourgood-workshop-engaging-with-the-city-tickets-53692105533

LTC, Sherwood Forest Park, Outdoor Movie Nights and Strategic Plan

LTC Meeting Agenda

The agenda for the London Transit Commission meeting next week, Jan 30th at 5 pm at 450 Highbury, regarding possible service changes in the fall will be available at: http://www.londontransit.ca/commission-information/

Meeting to Discuss Amenities for Sherwood Forest Park

The meeting on February 6th will be from 6:30 to 8 pm at Orchard Park Public School. Everyone from the neighbourhood is welcome to attend. If you cannot attend and want to provide input, see the contact information in this notice.

Applications for Neighborhood Outdoor Movie Nights Opening Soon!

The application for Neighbourhood Outdoor Movie Nights will be open between February 1st and March 29th. The online application will be available on February 1st at 9:00 a.m. at: www.neighbourgoodlondon.ca/programs/outdoor-movies

Help Shape the Strategic Plan for the City of London

Council has started the work to deliver their Strategic Plan 2019-2023. This will drive the next four year budget. The first step is to consider the Vision, Mission and Values. Please share your thoughts at https://getinvolved.london.ca/StratPlan