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London's mayor rejects proposed lawn mower curfew

London's mayor has made clear he has no intention of supporting a proposed noise bylaw amendment that would significantly reduce what time of day residents can use gas-powered lawn mowers.

Josh Morgan voiced his disdain toward the added regulation over social media.

"I will not be supporting this when it comes to council. We have far more pressing issues to deal with," Morgan posted on X, formerly Twitter. "The message I’ve heard most often from Londoners is one I agree with wholeheartedly: 'get off my lawn.'"

His stance comes in the wake of a motion tabled at the city's civic works committee on Wednesday. Put forward by Councillor Skylar Franke, it calls for gas-powered yard maintenance equipment, like lawn mowers, weed trimmers, and leaf blowers to be silenced between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.

The current rule allows Londoners to use the lawn tools between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The hope is the amended bylaw would help encourage people to buy more environmentally friendly, quieter electric lawn mowers instead of gas-powered ones.

If approved by full council, city staff would be directed to bring the amended bylaw back to committee in July, when a public input session on the change would be held.

The issue will be debated at council's next meeting on June 4.

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