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.

Histon Road – Bus, Cycling and Walking Improvements Project

Greater Cambridge Partnership will begin work on Histon Road, Cambridge from 27 January 2020. The first part of the road that will be affected by the construction works will be the junction with Victoria Road and Huntingdon Road as well as site clearance, where required, along the rest of Histon Road.

When are the works happening and Histon Road becoming one-way?

The table below shows the 

Be a Councillor

What matters to you in your local area?

Is it the state of our local park, the need for more activities for young people, improving services for older people, making the roads safer, better transport or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?

Whatever needs changing in our neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference  Read More...

Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan

The independent Examiner has sent us his final report in which, subject to a number of relatively small changes, he recommends that it is put to a referendum in the parish of Cottenham. We will now edit the Submission Plan to absorb his recommendations and South Cambridgeshire District Council will arrange the referendum, probably in February. If a majority of you vote for it, it will be a significant part of local decision-making on planning applications.  Read More...

Friends Against Scams

We're delighted to sign up to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP).  CAPASP is urging people to become a Friend Against Scams. It’s simple to do, will take just 20 minutes of your time and will equip you with the knowledge and awareness to protect yourself and others from the dangers of scams and fraud. Visit Read More...

Councillor vacancies

The Council is currently looking to co-opt 3 new Councillors. YOU could help keep Cottenham a vibrant, positive place to live by becoming a Parish Councillor. YOU could be at the ‘grass roots’ level of Local Government and be involved in making things happen or getting things sorted. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and a British subject or citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union and must satisfy at least one of the following:

Proposed Histon Road closure

Most residents will already be aware of the proposed closure, by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, of Histon Road inbound to Cambridge and the likely disruption it will cause. We think its impact has been under-estimated, especially while the A14 project is incomplete. Its value for money should be re-assessed and the project at least postponed and possibly cancelled in its present form. We are proposing to ask the following question at the Greater Cambridge partnership Executive Board meeting on 3rd October: "The  Read More...

Local Transport Plan consultation

We have submitted the following short response to the Combined Authority’s “Long-Term Plan” for our traffic and transport network. The plan itself is long-winded and, no doubt, will be followed by more plans with more detail but – so far -  there is little to help, and more that may hinder,  communities like Cottenham over the coming decade or so. CA LTS CPC Comment 2019  Read More...

Traffic & Transport Working Group update

Here is an update on what has been happening since our meeting in May 2019. As always with highways issues it is frustrating how slowly things progress. The rate is determined largely by the speed at which Cambridgeshire Highways department is able to deliver agreed projects and costs can also be quite high. In addition, Cottenham Parish Council (CPC) has to consider value for money and avoid spending money on speed surveys where the vehicle pattern and road environment  Read More...

Let’s S.C.R.A.P. Fly-tipping – SCDC Campaign

Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste. It can be anything from a bag of waste to a truckload. We all have seen abandoned items in the countryside, villages and towns. But leaving items by HRCs, charity shops or by bins are all fly-tipping too. Around two thirds of fly-tips come from households, so it is crucially important that you understand your Duty of Care to avoid £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.c Together with other partners in the  Read More...

Cottenham Community Directory

We're delighted to announce that the first formal edition of the Cottenham Community Directory is now available to download.  The Parish Council, in conjunction with South Cambridgeshire District Council, has created this directory of clubs, associations, facilities and events to provide residents with everything you need to know to be able to fully enjoy being part of the Cottenham community. We hope you find the information useful and informative. Cottenham Community Directory – May 2019 NB: the directory will be  Read More...