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.

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...

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...

Neighbourhood Plan – options

Thank you to everyone for their feedback so far. The Working Party has been busy setting out options to close the gaps identified in the survey. It's safe to say that some are more radical than others, however it may be that radical solutions are the only way to sort out our traffic and housing challenges. We now need to get some further comments from you about these options.  Please click here to go to the slides and send us your  Read More...

WARG Field

WARG Field, the new public amenity land gifted to Cottenham, is located behind the new houses on the right side of Histon Road as you head out of the village. It has now been fenced and is secure, therefore making it safe for kids to run around or to walk dogs (please remember to tidy up after your dog!) We need to do some work to tidy up the existing trees and then in the autumn will look to start  Read More...

How being in a conservation area can affect you

Although conservation areas mean some extra planning controls and considerations, these exist to protect the historic and architectural elements which make the place special. They are most likely to affect owners who want to work on the outside of their building or any trees on their property. To find out whether your property is within the Cottenham Conservation Area please click here

Your House

Being in a conservation area might mean that your house is affected by special controls (called 'Article 4  Read More...