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We use the following cookies:

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You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Google analytics

Cookies used by Google analytics
Name Purpose Expires
_utma Determines the number of unique visitors to the site 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This provides information about how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine) 6 months
ga_nextpage_params This stores data to be sent to Google on the next page you request when you close your browser
GDS_successEvents and GDS_analyticsTokens These help us identify how you use so we can make the site better 4 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.


BrowseAloud Plus reads website content out loud to improve accessibility.

Cookies used by Browsealoud
Name Purpose Expires
_ba_plus On/Off value, used to show if the Toolbar is loaded  
rwebooks-div{Numerical Identifier] - deprocated These cookies are not used by BA+ and will always be blank. These cookies are used when the web reading code in BrowseAloud Plus is used in online eBooks/Publishing content (Pearson, HMH et al), and are used for page level annotations etc  
rwebooks-x Toolbar position  
rwebooks-y Toolbar position  

Our online planning system

Some areas of our website are based on systems provided by some of our specialist software systems providers. Our online planning system, where you can look up applications and make comments, is one of these.

Cookies used by Idox planning system
Name Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID session cookie  When you close your browser

Managing your council tax, business rates and benefits online

Cookies are used when you log in to manage your services.

Cookies used by IBS Open Access
Name Purpose Expires
   Session cookie  When you close your browser

Online maps

Cookies used by Astun Technology
 Name Purpose  Expires 
ASP.NET_SessionId random string identifying browsing session to server  when user exits browser
astun version number of Astun iShare web application  After 30 days
astun:baseMap identifier for most recently selected base map in My Maps  After one month
astun:currentLocation most recently set address and its coordinates After 30 days
astun:mapSource identifier for map overlay configuration in My Maps After one month
astun:mapView location and extents of the most recent view of the map in My Maps After one month
astun:panelsAccordionStatus number identifying last opened panel in My Nearest After 30 days
astun:panelsCollapseStatus IDs of collapsed panels in My Maps After 30 days
astun:previousLocation address and its coordinates of last location in My Maps After one month
astun:vLyrs_ish_[profile_identifier] layers turned on in My Maps for a given profile (e.g. ORGANISATION_mapsource) After one month
atMyCouncil identifier of most recent tab visited by user and changes to visibility of panels in My House and My Nearest After one month
atLocation most recently set address and its coordinates After 30 days
astun:layerPanelOpenGroups layer group expanded in panel in My Maps After one month
myAlerts Encrypted user logon details After 90 days

Email alerts

Our email alerts system lets you keep up to date with the things that matter to you.

Cookies are used when you log in to manage your subscriptions.

Cookies used by GovDelivery
Name Purpose Expires
 _trunk_session establish a login session with GovDelivery removed when a user is inactive for 60 minutes and also removed if you close your web browser

Democratic services

ModernGov supply our committee services system.

Cookies are used when you log in to sign up for alerts and messages.

Cookies used by ModernGov
Name Purpose Expires
 ASP.NET_SessionId Session cookie  when you close your browser