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Milford's popularity strong

The cold winter months aren't deterring people from shopping with us in Milford and new businesses continue to want to become part of our community. Kashmir Indian Restaurant has just reopened in 'Up Town Milford', a Tapas Bar, nail salon and local solicitor will be occupying three of the four opportunities in the old ANZ building and new owners have gutted the old Kashmir Restaurant premises and opened 'Bloom' cafe/restaurant.

On top of that, I have had enquiries from other business people wishing to open in the main street and am working with a local agent to fill another shop that will become available soon.

A new interior design company, ODG, has also relocated to ‘Up Town Milford’ and offer a design and fitout service. This brings to two the number of interior design companies, with Nuvo Design having been established a few years ago in offices above Air NZ and having among their clients, the ever-expanding Pita Pit organisation. So if you're after a new fitout, or some great ideas for your tired premises, come to Milford and get your design solution.

Night Time Security
Milford is a pretty event free place at night normally, but in recent months we have seen some acts of stupidity, often by drunken people walking through the centre. As a result, the Board of the business association decided to engage a security company to patrol the premises/streets at night to ensure our businesses and locals remain safe.
I am pleased to announce that as from 1st June, Armourguard Security have been providing patrols every night and sending a report to me daily of their findings. The reports are excellent in providing us with information and include windows/doors not secure, suspicious vehicles and stupid incidents, e.g. cones blocking an intersection to through traffic. As well, the patrol does foot patrols and visits local establishments open later at night letting patrons and staff know that we are looking after Milford's safe environment.

Streetscape Improvements

We are constantly working with the local board and council officers on ways to improve the appearance of the town centre. Recently we received a grant of just over $15,000 from the Local Board, to start a major project we have a to create two signature gardens at the entrance ways to Milford. This is on top of a smaller grant for some more potted colour in the main street that we secured in May. As always, we are working with the Milford Residents Association and Milford Village Forum and both organisations are part of the project group.
With the current grant we will start by transforming the garden on the corner of Kitchener Road and Fenwick Avenue into a colourful annual garden with improved seating and paving. Some work will also be done on additional potted plants in a couple of street locations.

Village Square Improvements
Joggers rejoice! At last we have our water fountain back in the Village Square for you to use as you cruise through Milford. With local board funding, a new watering system for the flower beds and a new drinking water fountain have been added to the Village Square. Both these items were omitted when the square was reconstructed a few years ago, but as you can imagine, both are necessities which we are now pleased to say are in place for your use and enjoyment.

WIN an Escape to the Sun in Milford!
We hope you already have some entries in our $2000 travel promotion which started last month. This year there are over 120 businesses supporting the promotion – you will find them on our website – www.milfordshops.co.nz. There’s still time to get more entries in – the promotion closes towards the end of the month on Sunday July 20th.

See you in Milford
Murray
Manager - Milford Business Association

For details on Milford community groups, go to the Milford Residents Association website: www.milford.org.nz

by Murray Hill

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