Obstructive Landscaping

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I still say that London deserves to have a Pedestrian Committee. Can you imagine if a tree fell across Commissioners Road, obstructing the automobile traffic, and wasn’t removed within an hour? Our City Council purports to appreciate other modes of transportation, but continues to treat them as poor cousins to the automobile.

From: Gregory Fowler
To: Heather Lysynski; Harold Usher
Cc: Roger Caranci
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1:00 AM
Subject: Regulation of Obstructive Landscaping
Chair and Members
Environment & Transportation Committee

November 14, 2007

Overgrown trees, shrubs, and other plants do effectively reduce the width of the sidewalk and impede/obstruct pedestrian traffic and may cause physical injury (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/waiting-patiently/, see also: http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713012.jpg, http://ca.geocities.com/fowgre/gfGraphics/20070713016.jpg).

In the past, I have attempted to resolve observed problems of this kind by seeking the assistance of the ward Councillor. However, given the reduction of the number of ward Councillors from 2 to 1, and the increased incidence of non-response to communications, I no longer believe that this informal approach is workable (see: https://frommybottomstep.wordpress.com/2007/08/18/anybody-seen-this-missing-councillor/).

Might I be informed about what regulation, if any, exists with respect to maintenance of landscaping along the pedestrian right-of-way (sidewalks, walkways, etc), the specific staff member to whom reports of pedestrian obstructions should be addressed, and any background or other information you may feel is appropriate in this regard?

Respectfully,

Mr. Greg Fowler
962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario; N5Z 3H7

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