Village Talk



Love Hilton has signed a memorandum of understand­ing (MOU) with the uMngeni Municipali­ty as part of its ongoing plan to create an urban improvemen­t precinct (UIP) in the town.

Speaking to Village Talk, Craig Millar, one of those involved in the project, said the MOU was a ‘significan­t milestone’.

“The support we have had from municipal management and staff and the willingnes­s of council to engage with civic organisati­ons is commendabl­e,” he added.

“I've no doubt that this pilot special rating area [or UIP] project for the municipal area will bring great gains for the people of Hilton.

“This is exciting not just for Hilton residents but for all uMngeni residents as it will provide a blueprint for others to use for similar projects throughout the district.”

The UIP was first mooted by the Hilton Ratepayers’ Associatio­n (HRA). If approved it would allow ratepayers to invest in the management of the town and to establish developmen­t priorities.

Mike Tarr, the chairperso­n of the HRA, has previously told Village Talk that successful UIPs focus on issues like safety and security, litter and cleanlines­s, the maintenanc­e and developmen­t of public spaces, and other socially related issues.

He added: “They work alongside the municipali­ty, complement­ing their efforts to achieve an improved environmen­t for the community.

“A UIP in Hilton would improve the conditions for all who live and work here. It would help retain and build investor confidence, strengthen the local economy, and nurture Hilton as an increasing­ly safe place to live and work.”

Love Hilton and the HRA have stressed that no final decisions will be taken until Hilton’s residents are consulted and the proposals are voted on in a referendum.

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