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.

Part-time Caretaker wanted

Cottenham Parish Council invites applications for the post of Part-time Caretaker

This is an interesting and varied post, working mostly at the new Sports Pavilion at the Recreation Ground on Lambs Lane, supporting an active, community-focused Parish Council. The successful applicant will ensure the efficient and safe running of the new Sports Pavilion by:
  • liaising with users of the Pavilion, the groundsman and the Parish Clerk
  • assisting with the organisation of events
  • maintaining high levels of cleanliness and safety
Good English language and numeracy skills 

Star Councils Awards

We've just been informed that Cllr Alex Collier has been shortlisted as a finalist in the NALC (National Association of Local Councils) Star Councils award in the category of Young Councillor of the Year.  Earlier this year Alex won the SCDC Community Awards as Councillor of the Year and we wish her the best of luck in the nationals. The event will be held in October and we'll let you know how she gets on.  Read More...

How should Cottenham spend our Public Art money?

As part of the Racecourse View development (off Beach Road) we have been given £27,684.93 from SCDC to spend on public art. We will be setting up a working party to come up with a selection criteria and a few candidate ideas.  If you have a suggestion then please contact us giving details of the project, the benefits and the amount of money required. Examples of public art are: Category & Type of work Permanent Sculpture Water features Kinetic works/ Sonic works Land art Memorials, plaques and inscriptions Text  Read More...

Grants for voluntary organisations

Cottenham Parish Council offers a number of small donations and grants to support voluntary and community organisations. Previous recipients have included Rainbows, junior cricket, mobile warden scheme, bowls club, the Toy Library, Fen Edge Archaeology Group, Day Centre and Area Victim Support. Applications are invited each September, considered in November and are paid out the following April. There is no guarantee of success as we may receive applications for more than our available cash and we also have to ensure  Read More...

Public meeting – presentation slides

Below is a copy of the presentation slides which will be used at the public meeting on Tuesday 1st September to discuss the proposed Rampton Road development.  Please note that the meeting is now being held in the main hall at the Village College and will start at 7.30pm prompt.  Hard copies of the presentation will be available at the meeting or by contacting the Clerk. Public meeting - a neutral view    Read More...

New circular village walk

We're pleased to announce that the new pedestrian gate connecting the Recreation Ground and Les King Wood has been installed.  The gate is mobility-friendly and opens in both directions with two latches, one at wheelchair height plus an upper pull handle style.   IMG_5841 IMG_5843  Read More...

Neighbourhood Plan Survey

Street Lighting – are you in the dark?

Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to change the operational times for street lights owned by the County Council. It is planned that from 1st April 2016 many street lights on residential roads and footpaths, which are not located on main traffic routes, will be switched off between the hours of midnight and 6am. Locations in Cottenham that will not even have a dimmed light: Broad Lane Bullfinch Way Church Close Coolidge Close Coolidge Gardens Corbett Street Courtyard Way Cundell Drive Eastlands Close Franklin Gardens Goldfinch Drive Kestrel Close Kingfisher Way Lacks Close Lee Close Males Close Manse  Read More...

Cottenham Post Office

The following item will be discussed at our Full Council meeting on Tuesday 4th August at 7.15pm in the Village Hall: Over recent years, the Post Office nationally has been seeking ways to reduce costs, especially in its network of sub-Post Offices. A key part of its strategy is to merge the counter operations of smaller sub-Post Offices with thriving retail businesses to ensure their long-term sustainability. The three possible retail partner operations  Read More...

Street Lighting update

Following further correspondence from Balfour Beatty they have now informed us that the works to update the street lights on Histon Road has been pushed back to 17th August. They are still unable to give us a date as to when all other outstanding issues in the village will be completed. We will continue to follow this up robustly.  Read More...