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)

Update on next phase of Anglian Water Sewer upgrade

Work is due to begin shortly on the next phase of the Anglian Water sewer upgrade, with two way lights scheduled on the High Street between the Lambs Lane Junction and the Salvation Army building from 31st January. The High Street will remain open, but there will be a closure at the junction of Lambs Lane/High Street between 24th February and 7th March. Work will then move on to Rampton Road for part 2 of the work, with further closures  Read More...

January Full Council meeting – update

January is when we set our budget and parish precept for the next financial year. The precept for 2022/23 has been set at £319,855. This represents a 3.13% increase, equivalent to £126.82 per year on a Band D property (a rise of £3.86 on the previous year). In terms of capital projects over the next year we are looking at: a new toddler play area, external repairs to the Ladybirds building, installing  Read More...

2022 Meeting dates

Please find below a list of our meeting dates for the first 6 months of the year. In accordance with the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public are welcome to attend our meetings. NB: due to it being an election year the May full council meeting must be held within 14 days of the election hence the later date of the meeting. JAN 11th - Full 18th – CALF 20th – Planning 25th Highways 27th – FLAC FEB 1st - Full 17th – Planning 22nd - FLAC MARCH 1st  Read More...

Notice of vacancies

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that two casual vacancies are deemed to have occurred in the office Councillor for the parish of Cottenham following the resignation on 31st January 2021 of Michelle Stewart and Tim Wotherspoon on 2nd January 2022.   The seats became vacant within 6 months of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s scheduled elections which will be held on 5 May 2022. A by-election will not be held to fill these  Read More...

Part-time Caretaker – permanent post

Cottenham Parish Council is looking for a reliable, adaptable and trustworthy individual to join our team as Part-time Caretaker, to help us manage our new Village Hall. The post would suit someone who has another flexible activity to fit around (gardener, handyperson, writer) and is looking to supplement their income. As Caretaker the successful candidate will:

  • prepare rooms for hire and clear and check afterwards
  • ensure facilities are clean between hires – NB there is a full weekly clean carried  Read More...

Flooding advice

The Parish Council has an emergency flood plan in place, with 2 Flood Officers - Cllrs Jonathan Graves and Christine Ward.  We have a very limited amount of flood equipment which we are able to issue to residents in an emergency situation. Please contact 07503 328401 or

Sandbags and other help

It is recommended that property owners or businesses at risk of flooding make their own arrangements of sandbags in advance of flooding. Residents can purchase empty sandbags and  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...

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...

Reporting crime

There are various methods available to contact the police whether to report crime or concerns:


Web chat is 24 hour service and can be accessed by clicking the green icon displayed at the bottom right of the screen throughout our website (  It also works on mobile devices and tablets. You can also report crimes (assault, anti-social behaviour, damage, fraud, harassment or theft) online and receive a response  Read More...

Material Planning Considerations

When making planning decisions we have to respond using material planning considerations.  A list of considerations is shown in the attachment below. MATERIAL PLANNING REASONS  Read More...