Welcome to Cottenham Parish Council

Cottenham is a Fen Edge village approximately 6 miles north of Cambridge. It is a large village of around 2500 households and a population of 6200.


The Parish Council is made up of 15 Councillors and a Clerk. The Council meet every month for a full Council Meeting and twice a month for Planning Meetings. Notification of meetings plus agenda can always be found on the parish notice boards, at least three days prior to a meeting and on this web site.

Job Vacancy for Part-Time Assistant Parish Clerk

COTTENHAM PARISH COUNCIL invites applications for the post of Part-time Assistant Parish Clerk This is an interesting, rewarding and varied post working mainly from home supporting an active, community-focused Parish Council. You will support our busy Parish Clerk by:

  • Handling the agenda, preparing report packs and taking minutes for some evening Committee meetings
  • Carrying out simple “risk monitoring” tasks
  • Managing notice boards
  • Obtaining estimates/quotes
  • Checking / reporting  pothole / highway issues
  • Managing bookings for village hall and green
  • Helping with office cover, media, general admin etc.
Good literacy, numeracy 

Co-option for the post of Parish Councillor

We have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor caused by a resignation. If you are interested please apply in writing to the Parish Clerk.  Further information on the role of a Councillor is available on request. NB: To be eligible to apply you must be over 18 and a British Citizen.  Additionally you must be one of the following:

  • A registered local government elector for Cottenham
  • Presided in the parish for the last 12 months
  • Worked in the parish for the last 12 months
  • Resided within 

Public Consultation Event

Residents are invited to this event to seek your views on potential development of new homes and public open space on land at Oakington Road, Cottenham. The project is in the initial stages and the developers would welcome the views of the community and to inform and enhance emerging design proposals.

Members of the project’s technical team will be in attendance.

The event will be held at the Community Centre, 250a High Street, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ  Read More...

Community Transport

What is Community Transport?

Community transport provides a more tailored service than public transport.  It can be used by anyone who is unable to use public transport, or a car, or where public transport is not available.


Dial-a-ride schemes offer door-to-door transport in fully accessible vehicles and can be used by both individuals and groups.  To use a dial-a-ride scheme you first need to become a member.  Journeys must be booked in advance and your return journey time pre-arranged.  Dial-a-ride can  Read More...

Volunteering with Cambridgeshire Constabulary

We are currently recruiting Police Service Volunteers (PSV's) to help with a number of internal roles. We have worked successfully alongside Special Constables for many years and we are now looking to enhance our behind the scenes work in the same way, asking people to volunteer their time and skills. Speeding has been raised in a number of areas as being a high priority issue to residents. If speeding motorists are going to be combated efficiently, particularly in rural areas,  Read More...

Alex is Parish Councillor of the Year!

Cottenham Parish Council are delighted to announce that Cllr Alex Collier was named Parish Councillor of the Year at the 5th annual South Cambridgeshire Community awards which was held last night. (pictured with Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Manning (left) and Chairman, Cllr David Bard). At only 25 Cllr Collier is one of the youngest Parish Councillors in South Cambridgeshire and the youngest ever to receive this award.  She was nominated for her significant contribution towards the provision of youth  Read More...

Notice of vacancy

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Graham Beckford, formerly a Member of the Cottenham Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member and that a casual vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish.   On receipt of a request in writing from any ten local government electors for the said Parish/Parish Ward, an election to fill the vacancy will be held not later than 2nd June  2015. If  Read More...

5mph speed limit at Recreation Ground

During the period of the building works we've asked that there are no lorry movements between the hours of 7.30-9.30am and 2.30-3.30pm to avoid peak times.  However anyone using the rec between these hours may encounter large vehicles!  It would be appreciated if you could adhere to the 5mph speed limit on the driveway.  The limit is there for safety reason and with the increase in traffic we obviously don't want any accidents occurring.  Read More...

Changing rooms are go!

To some it looks like a bit of fencing; to others it represents the start of many years of hard work finally coming to fruition.  On Monday 2nd February Durman Stearn started work on site for what should be a 9 week period before handing over to CJ Murfitt.  We'll post regular update photos as work progresses.   Durman Stearn: Day 1    Read More...

Report from Thermal Imaging Event

Sustainable Cottenham volunteer Justin Hiscock gave up all 3 evenings over the weekend of 23-25 January to help Cottenham residents identify areas of their houses where heat was leaking out by means of a thermal imaging camera borrowed from South Cambs District Council.

The weather conditions for thermal imaging were almost ideal: cold, dry and  Read More...