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We use cookies on our websites when you:

  • register or sign in to the site
  • complete an online form
  • make a payment
  • change the font and colour settings
  • search for books in the library catalogue
  • search or comment on planning applications
  • and many more

We do not use cookies which can be used to identify you personally and no personal information is stored in any of the cookies we use.

Cookies used on our website

Operational cookies

  • TestCookie: used to work out if your browser accepts cookies
  • PHPSESSID: used to store the session ID of a user when browsing the site, registering, signing in and filling out forms
  • ASP.NET_SessionID: used to store the session ID of a user when viewing maps, using the library catalogue and making payments
  • JSESSIONID: used to store the session ID of a user when using the planning and building standards portal and filling out forms
  • ABsessionID: used to store the session ID of a user when using the library catalogue
  • CSPSESSIONID-SP-80-UP: used to store the session ID of a user when using the library catalogue

These cookies expire when you close your browser and are necessary for our site to operate.

Operational cookies for accessibility preferences

  • userColourscheme: used to store accessibility preferences
  • userFontsize: used to store accessibility preferences
  • userFontchoice: used to store accessibility preferences
  • userLettersparcing: used to store accessibility preferences

These cookies expire after 1 hour and are necessary to store accessibility preferences.

Usage and analytics cookies

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  • _gat-UA-638140-1: used to collect usage information and expires after 10 minutes

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