Kimpton Parish Year 2004
§ The extension to the Memorial Hall was opened in November. The extension comprised a Parish Room with study and archive area, new bar, and storage area for the Scouting Movement. Although there was not a scout group in the village, there were Guides, Brownies and Rainbows. Beavers would start up again early in 2005.
§ The Horse Show celebrated its 60th year and was held at The Park, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Harding.
§ A committee was formed to begin work on a Village Plan.
§ Nuisance youths had become a major problem and North Herts District Council worked with the Parish Council for begin a new Youth Initiative during the summer holidays. The events were successful in the main, but were spoilt by a small minority of youths.
§ Carina Helmn, Clerk to Kimpton Parish Council for 15 years, was voted National Association for Local Councils Clerk of the Year and received her award at the Annual conference in Scarborough.
§ Preliminary plans for a new development of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom housing in Lloyd Way (rear of 105 – 115 High Street) were drafted.
§ A controversial extension was granted planning permission at No 92 High Street (formerly West End Stores). The wooden cladding was originally painted blue, but, after much protest from the village, it was established that this contravened planning permission and the wood was then stained black.