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Cookies

Cookies are small anonymous text files which are placed on your computer by websites you visit.

The council is committed to only using cookies that are either essential (this means they are required to make something on our website function properly) or that help us to make your experience of using the website better. The following cookies are used on this website:

Cookie messages

We use a few different cookie messages on our website to advise you of our cookie policy.

Cookies may be stored on  your computer to indicate you have muted our cookies messages.

We are working to harmonise our different messages to use a single message.

Name Description Expiry
banes-cookie-accept Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year
cookieconsent_dismissed Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year
cookieconsent_status Used to remember that you accepted the cookie message. 1 year

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics on many of our websites to collect information about how you use this site. We do this to make sure it meets your needs, and to understand how we can make the website work better.

Google Analytics stores information about which pages on this site you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on while you are here.

Name Description Expiry
_ga Used to distinguish users 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users 1 day
_gat Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>. 1 minute
__utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 2 years from set/update
__utmb Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 30 mins from set/update
__utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. End of browser session
__utmt Used to throttle request rate. 10 minutes
__utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
 
6 months from set/update

Cookies set by third party websites

We sometimes embed video, images or other content from websites such as Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter. We may also allow you to use 'Share' buttons to link to content on our site from other websites.

As we have no control over the cookies set by these websites, please look at their guidance on cookie use for more information.

Change cookie settings for this website

Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through your browser settings. Find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, and how to manage and delete them.

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