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We hope as many residents as possible will get involved and be an active part of our community.  For now, feel free to comment on articles or send any feedback or questions to info@cotonvillage.co.uk.

Coton is lies to the west of Cambridge less than a mile from the edge of the built up area. The village is just beyond the M11 and away from the main road network, although the A1303 passes just to the north of the village. The parish covers 392 hectares (970 acres). The central and west side of the village is a ‘cul-de-sac’ with no major through route. Along with the limited size of the village, this is considered key to promoting village culture and a healthy sense of community.

History and settlement

Coton parish boundaries follow the former open fields of Cambridge and Barton, and the Cambridge-St Neots road to the north. Several ancient ways cross the parish. The Bin Brook runs from east to west of the parish and south of the village settlement. The parish was originally dependent on Grantchester. Village remains and the former manor site of Coton D’Engaine lie to the south and east of the parish church. The main farms were held by Cambridge Colleges until this century; Catherine Hall Farm is now owned by Cambridge Preservation Society. Coton Countryside Reserve now covers a large portion of land to the south of the village.

The parish church by the former village pond and small green, dates from the twelfth century and was restored in 1863-80. Most of the farmhouses, cottage rows and farm buildings date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and are built of brick. Nos. 44 and 46 is the exception; this mid sixteenth century timber-framed building has an original two storey porch. Catherine Hall farmhouse dating from the seventeenth century has a nineteenth century model farmyard which dominates the High Street.

The open fields were enclosed in 1803 and, apart from meadowland beside the brook, the land is farmed as arable.

Recent planning history

Development has taken place along Cambridge Road and in a narrow ribbon along The Footpath which leads to Cambridge. Significant private housing estate development took place in the 1960’s and early 1970’s to the west of the village south of Whitwell Way. More recent development includes the residential conversion of Catherine Hall Farm which lies within the Conservation Area and on the edge of the Cambridge Green Belt.

The population grew from 520 in 1951 to 740 in 1971. By 2001 it had decreased to 773.

Services and facilities

There is a post office, garden centre, fresh produce and general store located at Polhill Garden Centre on Cambridge Road. The village also has a gastro pub (The Plough), the parish church, a village hall, a recreation ground and a primary school with five classes. An area of allotments are located to the north of the properties along the Footpath.  The village is a vibrant community and many clubs and societies are well attended.   See paper copies of the Coton Community News for further information.

 

 

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City plans to close roads will increase traffic through Coton

City plans to close roads will increase traffic through Coton

The Citydeal plans increase traffic through Coton   The City Deal plans to close The Backs (Queens Road) and Grange Road to through traffic at peak times.  This will force the north-south traffic through Cambridge along the M11 and through Coton....

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Busway County Liaison group public meeting 14th June, Coton Village Hall

Busway County Liaison group public meeting 14th June, Coton Village Hall

The Local Liaison Forum i.e. a group of parish councillors and others convened to advise the Busway and related proposals will be meeting in Coton Village Hall on 14th June 2016. This is a meeting to be held in public and members of the public may contribute. The...

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Western Orbital 2nd March 2016

Western Orbital 2nd March 2016

Please come along to a presentation by the Parish Council about the new The Western Orbital consultation, Wednesday 2nd March, 7.30-8.30pm, The Village Hall. We will be explaining the proposals and suggesting ways you can respond to best effect. The...

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Western Orbital consultation

Western Orbital consultation

We are being consulted about another new development – widening the M11 – which could have serious consequences for Coton. Cambridgeshire County Council will be consulting residents at Coton Village Hall 6pm to 8pm on 3rd March. Please attend...

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Busway consultation published

Busway consultation published

The Helens-response-to-consulation-2.jpg (8 downloads) is overwhelmingly against ANY new bus roads that damage the villages and local ecosystem and supports improvements to the existing transport routes. See http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/2-000-people-say-Cambourne-Cambridge-buses-say/story-28673186-detail/story.html?afterReg=Y...

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Notice of AGM of Coton Village Hall

Notice of AGM of Coton Village Hall

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF COTON VILLAGE HALL ON Tuesday 26 January 2016 at 7.00pm AT COTON VILLAGE HALL, 56 HIGH STREET, COTON, CAMBRIDGE CB23 7PL Agenda Welcome Apologies Approval of the AGM Minutes of 3 February 2015 Presentation of Directors’...

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Respond to the Busway Consultation

Respond to the Busway Consultation

There was a fantastic response (more than 100 people on each evening) to the public meetings this week on the proposed West Cambridge Busway Presentation 30th October final Many people contributed questions and their thoughts on how to solve the problem...

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Coton cycle path M11 bridge subsidence

Coton cycle path M11 bridge subsidence

The west ramp up to the M11 bridge has subsided, causing a substantial drop at the point where it joins the horizontal section. This is potentially very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, especially at night, as the footpath is unlit. We suggest...

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Launch of Coton Busway Action Group October 2015

Launch of Coton Busway Action Group October 2015

What you can do now 1. Please sign up here for information on future meetings and activities. 2. Please make your neighbours aware of this group https://groups.google.com/d/forum/west-cambridge-busway 3. We believe the consultation process is flawed...

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New busway consultation postponed until October

New busway consultation postponed until October

BUSWAY website copy Representatives from Cambridgeshire County Council will now present the proposed routes for consultation in the Village Hall on Thursday October 29th between 6pm and 8.30pm.  Please attend if you can.  The Parish Council has booked...
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