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.

Cottenham Village Hall (002)
Cottenham Village Hall (002)

Councillor Vacancies

There is one Parish Councillor vacancy on the Council caused by resignation. If you are interested please apply in writing to the Parish Clerk with a brief bio and reasons for wishing to stand.  If more than two applicants come forward there would be a vote amongst the existing Council members to fill the position.  Further information on the role of a Councillor is available below. NB: To be eligible to apply you must be over 18 and a British Citizen,  Read More...

Adoption of the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

Following adoption of the Plan by SCDC at their meeting on 20th May, we would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been achieved and thank those who have contributed so significantly to the official Making of our Neighbourhood Plan.  Our thanks go to our previous Council Chair, Frank Morris, who was the driving force behind the development of the Plan and to assistance given by the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party of Cllrs Collinson, Young,  Read More...

Luxury new housing development – for swifts!

It was an unusual start to Sunday morning when the crew from Cottenham Fire Station came to the Recreation Ground to help with a biodiversity project providing new summer accommodation for swifts! As part of the Village Hall project we were required to install a swift brick. This idea was taken one step further today with the installation of several swift boxes on the Hall and Pavilion, designed and built by Dick Newell from Action for Swifts. Each wooden box  Read More...

Neighbourhood Plan – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vote on the 6th May for?

Registered voters who live in Cottenham will be asked this question:
Do you want South Cambridgeshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Cottenham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
If a majority of those voting, vote “yes”, the Plan will be “adopted” by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC). Thereafter, when considering all planning applications for development in the area covered by the Plan, SCDC will be required to  Read More...

Grass Tennis Courts re-opening from 1st May

Cottenham ParTennis ballish Council are happy to announce the reopening of the grass tennis courts, at the Recreation Ground on Lambs Lane, from Saturday 1st May, until the end of August.
Use of the courts is free and booking is simple, just visit our booking page  kindly hosted by Cottenham Tennis Club.
All enquiries should 

Notice of vacancy

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred in the office Councillor for the parish of Cottenham following the resignation on 26th April 2021 of Martin McCarthy. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Bank Holiday (or a day appointed for public thanksgiving or  Read More...

Annual Parish Meeting reports

The annual meeting for the parish of Cottenham is due to take place on Tuesday 27th April at 7.30pm via zoom. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 839 9492 7444 Passcode: 116595 NB: all attendees will be held in a waiting room. In advance of the meeting you can read the reports submitted by the various Councils and some of our village sports clubs, FECA and Covid 19 team. ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2021 reports The minutes from the 2019 meeting are also available: APM  Read More...

Bar Operator wanted

Cottenham Parish Council invites expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations or individuals to operate the bar at Cottenham Village Hall. We’re taking a flexible approach to how the bar would operate, and so we’re open to hearing from people with a range of ideas. Are you qualified, interested and available? If so then we’d like to hear from you. Expressions by email or in writing must be received by 12 noon on Friday 7th May 2021. All enquiries to: The Clerk, Cottenham  Read More...

Swift boxes

We are pleased to announce a major new housing development at the Recreation Ground but with a difference! This one will be for swifts, who are considered an endangered species. The eagle-eyed among you may have already noticed a small hole on the far gable end of the new Village Hall; this is a swift brick which is a specially designed home for swifts and other cavity-nesting birds. Swifts are colony birds  Read More...

The Duke of Edinburgh

We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. He was one of the last of his generation. He served his country on active service during WW2 and for the whole of his married life. We extend our sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

Area to Lay Flowers

Should you wish to lay flowers during the period of mourning, you may do so to the top end of  Read More...