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.

Babysitting Course – starts 20th September

As part of our youth provision projects we are organising a free 10 week babysitting course to enable 14-16 year olds gain a basic level of knowledge, understanding and learning in looking after other people's children.  It is hoped that as well as gaining a qualification, attendees will then be able to use their skills providing a service back to the community. NB: there is a mandatory First Aid session which must be completed to enable you to gain certification at  Read More...

Grants for voluntary organisations – deadline 11th October

Every year we offer a number of small donations and grants to support voluntary and community organisations. 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 that the available money is spent on a variety of lawful purposes. We cannot make donations or grants  Read More...

Public consultation by Cambridgeshire County Council – land off Rampton Road

The County Council will be undertaking a consultation exhibition at Cottenham Library on Wednesday 14th September from 3.00 – 8.30pm allowing the public to view proposals for a development of 154 houses on land off Rampton Road.  You will be able to provide feedback at the event. A consultation leaflet has been sent to the nearest affected properties in Cottenham (circa 403 addresses).   Read More...

Meeting with County Council re. development & recreational land

On 24th August a group of Councillors met with 2 representatives of the County Council.  This was the second meeting with County regarding their development proposals for land off Rampton Road adjacent to Les King Wood; the reason for the second meeting was due to the significant change in their plans (originally 300 houses).  The Parish Council also wished to discuss the possible purchase/lease of additional recreational land off Rampton Road, an idea first put to County in January 2015. Read More...

Notice of Vacancy

CO-OPTION OF PARISH COUNCILLORS There is a Parish Councillor vacancy For Cottenham Parish Council caused by 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 

UK Power Networks ‘105’

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.   Key points to note about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the 

Concessionary Bus Pass renewal

The County Council is aware that over the next eighteen months the amount of renewals of the concessionary bus passes is going to be potentially very high. It is the responsibility of the pass holder to check when their pass is up for renewal and then to contact the County Council to get a new one. In order to aid the pass holder they  Read More...

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...

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 

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...