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London councillor withdraws motion that would restrict usage of gas-powered equipment

Meant to curb noise, opponents say proposed bylaw change too limiting

May 28, 2024  By Turf & Rec



A rash of negative feedback has prompted a London, Ont. city councillor to withdraw a recent motion he made that would have imposed a curfew on the use of gas-powered landscaping equipment in the city.

Ward 11 Coun. Skylar Franke said local residents were largely opposed to being limited to the time they could mow their lawns and maintain their properties using gas-powered equipment.

The city currently allows gas-powered landscaping tools, including mowers, blowers and trimmers, to be used between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Franke had proposed the time frame be tightened to between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to reduce noise levels in residential neighbourhoods.

Those opposed to the motion said it would be difficult to find the time after work to mow their lawns, suggesting they’d have to rely on performing maintenance work during the hottest part of the day.

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