The Medway community is receiving $15,000 after voting for their favourite neighbourhood projects.
Londoners were able to propose ideas and vote on how to spend a portion of the municipal budget in their neighbourhoods.
“Residents know their neighbourhoods best, and today the Medway community came together to decide what will make their neighbourhood stronger,” Councillor Josh Morgan said in a statement. “This wasn’t just an exercise in Neighbourhood Decision Making, but one of community empowerment. Residents of all ages, some as young as 5 years old, submitted ideas, campaigned for them, and came out to vote. It was a great day for our community.”
The projects include:
- The Polar Express: Saint André Bessette Secondary School will hold a charity event called the “Polar Express”. A rented bus will be known as the “Polar Express” will allow residents to purchase snacks and warm drinks while enjoying a parade and games. Donations will be given to families at elementary schools in the community.
- Little Library Share: Small library structures to share books will be placed in Jaycee Park.
- Nature in Medway – Benches and Signage: Interpretative Signage and benches placed in designated areas along the Medway Heritage Forest ESA hiking trails.
The initiative is apart of council’s Neighbourhood Decision Making Pilot Project. The project helps create vibrant, connected and engaged neighbourhoods as outlined in London’s Strategic Plan.
“Projects like these allow us to strengthen our community one neighbourhood at a time,” Mayor Matt Brown said in a statement. “Consulting with individual neighbourhoods to see which projects residents would like to make a priority is part of the London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy and directly contributes to ensuring each part of our city is vibrant, safe and accessible.”
The Ward 13 Voting Day is set for Saturday, November 5 at various locations throughout the ward and online.
The ideas with the most votes will be implemented by December 2017.