ACA NEWS, NOVEMBER 2014

CIVIC elections have produced several surprises but it shows democracy is alive and well in our beautiful Canada where the voter truly has the last say.

The Argyle Community Association would like to congratulate Mayor elect Matt Brown, Ward 2 Councillor Bill Armstrong, Ward 4 Councillor Jesse Helmer, Ward 3 Councillor Mo Salih and Ward 1 Councillor Michael Van Holst for being elected. The ACA’s dedication to work in harmony with our new civic government remains undaunted. Part of our Mission Statement reads:

It shall be the mission of the Association to: 2.01 Represent the common interests of the residents of the Argyle area. 2.02 Promote the well being of the community and the City of London.

Surely there can be no nobler goal.

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ANYONE who has driven past the newly erected Veterans Memorial Parkway sound attenuation wall lately will be amazed how good it looks. Mature trees planted on the side of the berm add a wonderful finishing touch. But the question is: Why no noise barrier next to the last property (townhouses) at the south end? Apparently specifications for “Living Spaces” do not qualify that property for a wall. More news next month.

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For decades Argyle residents have been waiting for a community centre similar to others that had been established just about everywhere else in the city. In 2000 a community group got together in earnest to change all that. They formed a committee that met regularly to plan for the time when such a facility would be provided by the city. For a time even our (then) two councillors sat on that committee. When the White Rose property on Dundas St East became available in 2003 it seemed logical to locate the centre there while sharing it with the East London Library. That plan eventually went up in smoke.

However, Argylers did not give up. In 2008 the Argyle Community Association was established and their first priority was to resurrect plans to have a community complex built in Central East London. From its humble four-member group there are now almost 1400 members, the largest community group in London.

An intense lobbying effort, and with the help of our councillors and city staff, the Go-ahead for a Community complex was finally given by the city for a “Year-round” Pool, Community Centre and Twin Gyms. The location will be East Lions Park, which is City property. We were assured that funding will be included in the 2015 budget.

So now all we can do is wait for the “New” council to follow through on the promise by their predecessor and invest in a facility desperately needed by 55,000 residents of Greater Argyle.

Everyone knows about the fantastic benefits and influence community complexes create for the young and old alike. Families, and especially seniors, will finally have a central community hub to meet, learn or get fit. Frankly, it’s a win-win situation like no other.

 

Of course your Argyle Community Association is intensely involved in many other projects in Argyle the latest ones to be completed are: The Veterans Memorial Parkway Sound Barrier, The CN level crossing on Clarke Rd, Trafalgar East repaving. Nearing completion is the Gore Rd Bridge replacement and refurbishment of Second St. The list goes on, suffice to say your all-volunteer Board of Directors and Committees have been busy………AND YOU CAN HELP, call me, Nick Sauter 519-451-0658

FYI

On Sat. Dec. 13, Libro Financial is sponsoring the Breakfast with Santa at Clarke Rd. High school around 9:00, then a Festival for Kids.

At two o'clock the same day the BIA & Community partners will hold the first ever Argyle Santa Claus parade, starting at Canadian Tire & down Dundas St. ending at Hale St. at old McMaster Dealership parking lot.

Sandy Ulmer, East London Optimists

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