How we use cookies

Cookies are small files that our websites place on your computer to help make it easier to use. By using our websites, we assume you consent to our use of cookies.

Providing services via our websites means that we sometimes need to place small amounts of information on your device. This information is stored in small text files that are known as cookies. Most websites do this to improve how they work and respond to you, for example:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them on each new page
  • remembering information you’ve given, so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website, so we can make sure it meets your needs

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They just make the site work better for you. You can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit the About Cookies website.

Google Analytics cookies

We use cookies to monitor how you use our website so that we can make sure it’s meeting your needs and to give us an understanding of what we can change to make it better.

To do this, we use a tool called Google Analytics, which gathers information about the pages you visit, how long you remain on them, how you got to them (eg via a search or through our navigation menus) and what you click on when you're on them.

Name Purpose Expires
_utma This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site two years
_utmb This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your web browser
_utmz This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) six months

We don't collect or store any personal information, such as your name, address or IP address, so this information can't be used to identify you. We also use inferred anonymous demographic data to help us improve our services. To do this we have enabled the Google Analytics Advertising cookie but the council website does not use any information for advertising purposes. For more information read the Google policy on advertising cookies.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites (not just ours) visit

Strictly necessary cookies

We also use cookies to enable us to provide some of the more complex functionality on our websites, for example, where we aren't just providing a web page of information, but one that's interactive, such as an electronic form. In these instances, cookies are essential for those elements to work. Again, they don't contain any personal information and can't be used to identify you.

Changing your cookie preferences

You can change your cookie preferences below.