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.

EA Newsletter: AmeyCespa

The AmeyCespa Waterbeach Waste Management Park has a range of facilities which treat all types of waste. There are two potential major sources of odour on the site, the In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility and the Mechanical Biological Treatment Plant (MBT). The AmeyCespa site operates under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations. Alongside other measures in their Environmental Permit with us, AmeyCespa is obliged to prevent, or where that is not possible, to minimise any odour. In principle it is accepted  Read More...

Notice of Vacancy

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Katherine Heydon, formerly a Member of the above 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 within 60 days. If no such request  Read More...

Greater Cambridge City Deal – tackling congestion

Message from the Greater Cambridge City Deal Team We would like to know the views of the parish on our eight-point package to tackle congestion in Cambridge. The proposals aim to transform people’s ability to travel into, out of and around Cambridge by providing more efficient, safe and reliable capacity for travel, without the need to get in a car. The package includes:

  • Better bus services and expanded use of Park & Ride
  • Better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • Improved public space and air quality
  • Peak-time 

Litter pick this Saturday!

There will be another community litter pick this coming Saturday, 16th July, from 2pm.  If you're interested in attending please contact Christine Ward (  We've just invested in some of our own litter grabbers (we also borrow from SCDC) so it would be nice to try them out!  You can do as little or as much as you want so if you want to target a specific street please let Chris know.   IMG_7537  Read More...

Cottenham Festival – this weekend!

Planning Committee meeting tonight – change of venue

Please note that the Planning Committee meeting on 23rd June will now be held in the new sports Pavilion on the Recreation Ground at 7.30pm.  Read More...

Draft Neighbourhood Plan Policies

Without some development Cottenham is at risk of becoming an expensive dormitory town for rapidly-growing Cambridge, with through-traffic increasing as commuters live in lower-priced housing further away. Too much development and the character of the village would be lost forever. Distinct development policies apply separately to five areas of the village: 1.  The Cottenham Conservation Area & the Lanes - mostly the buildings along the High Street from just south of the Village Green northwards to the Parish Church and including  Read More...

Area Commander’s Update – speeding

Extract from Area Commander's Update: Speeding is a constant concern in many of our villages. While we have a very active and dedicated group of Special Constables who carry out speed enforcement for us at the roadside, I wanted to be able to do more. I'm pleased to say that I have successfully bid for a small grant from the Road Safety Partnership to put on a 'train the trainer' course in the use of the  Read More...

Annual Return 2015-16

The Council's Financial Accounts are audited annually by an Internal Auditor appointed by the Parish Council and by an External Auditor appointed by the governments' Audit Commission.

The Accounts for the year end to 31 March 2016, have been signed off and are now available for inspection between 6th June to 15th July 2016.

Public rights document 15-16 Section 1 Annual Governance Statement 2015-16 Section 2 Accounting Statement 2015-16 Internal Audit 2015-16  Read More...

Update on Endurance and Gladman outline planning applications

Two items of great concern to Cottenham were considered by the District Council’s Planning Committee on 11th May. Item 6 was the application to build up to 50 dwellings on Oakington Road. Traffic and isolation from the village core were raised by Parish Councillors Nicholas (on behalf of a resident) and Morris, who stressed the impact of cumulative development, as did DC Edwards. The applicant and County Highways agreed the  Read More...