Peo­ple come first

The London Free Press - - LETTERS -

As I left the One River pub­lic in­put meet­ing on Oct. 3, a great team of Lon­don plan­ners and smil­ing con­sul­tants con­firmed they were go­ing to coun­cil with an en­vi­ron­ment as­sess­ment re­port that will be ask­ing for about $31 mil­lion river im­prove­ments, of which only $4 mil­lion is ear­marked for de­com­mis­sion­ing the Spring­bank dam. Avail­able fund­ing is pegged at about $3.7 mil­lion with the le­gal set­tle­ment from the bro­ken dam.

All four main can­di­dates for mayor have of­fered pos­i­tive sup­port for im­prov­ing so­cial hous­ing fund­ing through pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ships and I can’t think of a bet­ter place to re­al­lo­cate planned fu­ture spend­ing for this than the One River Pro­ject, which was Matt Brown’s ini­tia­tive.

Lon­don Mid­dle­sex Hous­ing Corp. has a back­log of $228 mil­lion in so­cial hous­ing re­set com­mit­ments, is about 3,000 units short of de­mand and has less than a $3 mil­lion in an­nual cap­i­tal spend­ing bud­get. Chris But­ler Lon­don

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