To make this site simpler, we sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most big websites do this too.

They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) 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’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.orgOpens in a new window. Or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

HOW WE USE COOKIES uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics and are classed as ‘persistent’ as they are stored for a considerable time on your computer, but they only track your visits to and not any other sites you visit before or after:

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Tracks number of visits to the site and times of first and last visits 2 years
_utmb Timestamps entry to a site 30 minutes
_utmc Timestamps exit from a site when you close your browser
_utmx Optimiser 2 years
_utmxx Optimiser 2 years
_utmz Stores information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months


For more information about Google Analytics visit Google Analytics Opens in a new windowwebsite.

We also use another tool called SiteAnalyze to measure website usage and to help us monitor the quality of our website. Again, this does not track visits across websites, but only within These again are classed as persistent.

Name Purpose Expires
nmstat Stores data on website visitor behaviour 924 days


Read more about SiteAnalyze on their websiteOpens in a new window.

User accounts, logging in and adjusting preferences

Some personal preferences and access to restricted areas of our websites are controlled by logging in and by adjusting settings on preference panels. These set cookies so that you remain logged in for your session and so your details can be pre-populated into booking forms and other forms to speed up the experience of using our site and to help prevent errors when entering details into form fields.

Name Purpose Expires
USERDETAILS Required for login function to work When you close browser session
USERID Required for login function to work When you close browser session
ASPSESSIONIDSCCRSDRD Required for login function to work Only valid for session
PHPSESSID Required for login function to work When you close browser session
Social bookmarking

Some of our pages allow you to share the content of the page on your own social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Diggit etc). If you click on these links, third party cookies from the social media sites may be placed on you computer to allow these features to work.


Personal data (i.e. information which could identify you) submitted to us, for example in response to a consultation, will only be used to respond to your feedback. We will not pass it on to any third party (including other councils, Government departments or agencies) without your consent.

To delete cookies or reject cookies

Select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our web domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. This will prevent certain features of our website – detailed above – from working correctly and is likely to make your web browsing experience less rich.

More comprehensive instructions can be found below relevant to the browser you are using.

Internet Explorer – How to manage cookies with Internet ExplorerOpens in a new window

Google Chrome – How to mange cookies with Google ChromeOpens in a new window

Safari –  How to manage cookies with SafariOpens in a new window

Firefox  How to manage cookies with Firefox