September 21, 2018:
The wall between the jail and the old courthouse, now home to the Middlesex County building, has needed repairs for almost one year, said Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) London past president Mike Bloxam. He said one of the board members noticed a few stones had fallen out of the wall last year and emails were sent to notify the City of London and Middlesex County representatives.
“It seemed like an easy fix,” said Bloxam, who’s gunning for a Ward 6 council seat in October’s municipal election.
“Having this line of fresh product is really beneficial and people really appreciate it,” said Mike Bloxam, who is known as the “fresh food guy” at the London Food Bank.
“These committees allow regular citizens to share their expertise with City Hall and give appropriate advice to direction for Council to take.”
“A number of buildings have come down as a result of the lack of developable lands. These lots are labelled as temporary (parking) but some have been renewed for 20 years,” he said Thursday.
“We want this land freed up for development.”
“If we have delays like we’ve had at Camden Terrace here, we’d end up looking like York Street where we’d have that kind-of gap-tooth parking-lot effect.”
The idea is to make local fare more accessible to those who might otherwise be unable to find it. “We see it as a way to help achieve our goals” of sharing food with those in need, says Mike Bloxam, community harvest coordinator with the London Food Bank, which will plant 20 trees on its east-end property this fall.