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.

Neighbourhood Plan

At our Planning Committee meeting on 23rd April we had invited speakers from SCDC to provide further information about a Neighbourhood Plan.  Key points below with a link to further information.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

It is a community-led initiative giving local communities the power to prepare a planning document that will be part of the statutory development plan for the district and, therefore can be used in deciding planning applications for the local area.

What can be in a Neighbourhood 

Design a street sign competition

The Parish Council are holding a competition for the children of Cottenham to design street signs that will encourage drivers to reduce their speed in the village. A selection will be chosen and made into real street signs and placed at key areas around the village. The winning designs will be installed by the end of the year.

The drawings 

Work started on new skatepark!

The new skatepark is go!  Work has commenced today on removing the existing equipment, creating the access road from the car park and fencing off the site.  The expected completion date for this amazing new facility is mid-June.  For further details please see our new skatepark project page.   skate 2   IMG_0647   skate 1  Read More...

URGENT: Witness appeal

A man is currently in a serious condition after being assaulted in Cottenham yesterday morning (Wednesday 1st April). The 61-year-old victim was out jogging in the High Street at about 11.10am when a small silver car pulled up and a man got out before punching the victim to the head.  The victim fell to the ground causing him to lose consciousness and was taken to Addenbrooke’s  Read More...

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 

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...

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...

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...