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.

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...

Speed Watch signs

Our new Speed Watch signs have been installed on Rampton Road.  This follows several events held in this location which now allows the volunteers to have permanent signage installed.  The purpose of the signs is to give a permanent reminder that Cottenham Community Speed Watch teams may be operating in the area.  The installation of the signs is just the start of numerous projects our Highways Committee are currently working on.  Further details is available on the Highways Committee  Read More...

Special Constables wanted

Special Constables are volunteer police officers who play a vital role in Cambridgeshire Constabulary. You will get the chance to work alongside regular police officers, using skills and experiences from your day job to give something back to the community. It’s demanding. After all, you’ll have to give up at least 16 hours of your spare time each month. But helping to protect and support Cambridgeshire and the people who live, work and visit here is really satisfying too. Being flexible is  Read More...

New Changing Rooms – update

Following a meeting today with all parties concerned, on-site activity for the changing rooms will begin on February 2nd with Durman Stearn leading for 9 weeks. They will handover to C J Murfitt around April 6th for 21 weeks build. Expected finishing off in September. We have set some exclusion times (7.30 to 9.30 and 14.30 to 15.30) on HCV deliveries to minimise safety issues and disruption. Photo: Representatives from the Parish Council, Wilby & Burnett (architects), Peter  Read More...

Budget 2015/16

Following a meeting of the Full Council the following budget has been approved for 2015/16: An expenses budget of £243,618 and income of £39,520 which results in a precept of £204,098. This is DOWN by £33,543 on the previous year. It is important to note that we have been getting more 'creative' with how we source money for projects to keep the precept down (grants, support from individuals and local companies etc.) and will be continuing with these endeavours. 2015-16 Budget    Read More...

Guide to the planning process

We're often asked about the Parish input into planning applications and how applications are decided.  Below is a brief guide:

Planning Applications are determined by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Whilst Cottenham Parish Council is entitled to comment on planning applications it cannot make a decision on them.  Current planning applications in the Parish are searchable on the South Cambridgeshire District Council website.  The Agenda for Parish Planning Committee Meetings with details of the planning applications to be discussed can be  Read More...

Draft Budget 2015/16

Following meetings of the Finance Committee the following budget for 2015/16 has been drafted.  The budget notes document gives further explanation on items.  In summary the proposed expenses budget is £239,418 compared to £274,076 for 2014/15. The budget will be discussed and voted on at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 13th January, 7.15pm in the Village Hall.  This is a public meeting and residents are welcome to attend.  As usual there is time at the start of the meeting specifically  Read More...

Winter bin collections

Following changes made to Wednesday bin collections by SCDC herewith the timetable for Cottenham:

  • 24th Dec - Blue
  • 7th Jan - Black
  • 14th Jan - Green & Blue
  • 21st Jan - Black
  • 28th Jan - Blue
  • 4th Feb - Black
  • 11th Feb - Green & Blue
  • 18th Feb - Black
  • 25th Feb - Blue
  • 4th March - Black
  • 11th March - Green & Blue
  • 18th March - Black
  • 25th March - Green & Blue
Please ensure that bins are put out by 6am on the day of collection. You can recycle all your Christmas  Read More...

Carol concert – thank you Cottenham!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the annual carol concert on the village green last night. It was a fantastic turnout and Cottenham was in fine voice (special thanks to the wonderful CPS choir). We are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their overwhelming support for this event: ABCO Construction, Cambridge Building Society, CB Creative, CI Photography, Cosworth, The Curry Palace, Dataracks, Dentons Carpets, Malary and Target Print. Their generosity enabled the purchase  Read More...

Wheeled sports facility (skatepark) – update

We're delighted to announce that we have been awarded £45k from WREN towards the cost of this project! We will shortly go to competitive tender for a Contract Administrator who, using one of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) model forms of contract, will track project progress and assess 'earned value' month by month.  There will also be a CDM co-ordinator.  The skatepark contractor will have their own project manager to keep the details on track.  Cllrs Berenger, Collier and Morris  Read More...