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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.

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...

Councillor vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor; the post is to be filled by co-option.

What matters to you in your local area?

Is it the state of our local recreational spaces, the need for more activities for young people, improving services for older people, housing, 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  Read More...

January newsletter

For all of the latest news from the Parish Council please see our digital newsletter: CPC News - January  Read More...

Christmas Flood Defences

Even when it rains and the odd puddle settles by the roadside most of us forget that we live in a shallow bath-tub from which almost all our rainwater has to escape into the River Ouse through a funnel in the north-east corner of the parish at Chear Fen. Even then “our water” has to compete with water already in the Ouse and coming from the west across the Bedford Levels or from the south-west in the Cottenham Lode.  Read More...

Christmas and New Year Waste Collections


Christmas and New Year Waste Collection dates:
Friday 18th December: black
Tuesday 29th: blue
Tuesday 5th January: black
Monday 11th: 

LEAP – energy & money saving advice

South Cambs District Council has partnered with LEAP (the Local Energy Advice Partnership), which offers a free energy advice service for residents, offering:

  • energy saving advice
  • debt advice
  • free LED bulbs, radiator panels and draught proofing (including fitting for disabled customers)
  • help to understand tariffs and meters, and to find the cheapest energy tariffs (saving an average £250 per year)
  • referrals for funding for home improvements such as loft insulation (even in rented accommodation we can partially fund  Read More...

Gigabit Broadband Vouchers

Message from Connecting Cambridgeshire: The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all more reliant on internet services. It’s vital that people can keep connected when being asked to stay at home and work remotely where possible. But getting fast, reliable internet access can be a challenge – particularly when several people want to go online at the same time. The good news is that there’s still time to apply for funding via the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to help residents with  Read More...

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 2nd June 2020 of Brian Smith.   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...

Traffic and Transport update

Below is the latest update for the Traffic and Transport Working Group. The next Highways Committee meeting is 20th October 2020. If you are interested in traffic and transport issues in Cottenham why not sign up for updates from CPC’s Traffic and Transport Working Group? Contact Beth Fleetwood

Traffic and Transport Update

As always with highways issues it is frustrating how slowly things progress, not helped by COVID-related delays to highways projects. Nevertheless, there have been some developments in 2020.

Continuing