What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

We will not use cookies to collect information that personally identifies you.

Managing cookies in your web browser

You can control the cookies set by this website in the Cookie Settings panel. You can change your preferences at any time.

Alternatively, most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

Cookies used by this website

The cookies/local storage we use on are:

Strictly-Necessary Cookies

These are essential for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Joomla! CMS

  • Cookie name: a63eb461ed19f24c76fb32eb0f4587a7, Expires: session (used to connect with the server)

This cookie maintains a link with your browser to ensure that the correct information is being sent to you, and expires when you close your web browser.

Preferences and Functionality Cookies

These enhance website functionality and allow for personalisation, such as controlling cookie consent and notifications. The website may not function to full effect if you do not allow them.

Privacy and Cookie Consent Manager - provided by the Council Advertising Network (CAN)

  • Cookie name: euconsent-v2, Expires: 13 months (used to save user advertising tracking preferences)
  • Cookie name: addtl_consent, Expires: 1 month (used to save additional cookie consent settings)
  • Cookie name: _pbjs_userid_consent_data, Expires: 1 month (used to know if the user's consent choices have changed since the last page load)
  • Cookie name: cto_bundle, Expires: 13 months (used to provide functions across pages)
  • Cookie name: __qca, Expires: 5 years (used to store and track audience reach)

These cookies are used to store a user's choices for the cookie consent manager. They are set when the user accepts/rejects/saves settings, and expire after a given time. For more information about CAN cookies, what data they collect and how to opt-out, please refer to the Council Advertising Network Privacy Policy.

Analytics and Statistics Cookies

These allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so that we can measure and improve the website. They help us know which pages are most or least popular and see how visitors move around the site.

Google Analytics

  • Cookie name: _ga, Expires: 2 years (used to distinguish users)
  • Cookie name: _gid, Expires: 24 hours (used to distinguish users)
  • Cookie name: _gat, Expires: 1 minute (used to throttle request rate)
  • Cookie name: _gat_UA-*, Expires: 1 minute (used to throttle request rate)
  • Cookie name: _utma, Expires: 2 years (used to record visit time and frequency)
  • Cookie name: _utmb, Expires: 30 minutes (used to identify new visits)
  • Cookie name: _utmc, Expires: When the browser is closed (used to identify new visits)
  • Cookie name: _utmz, Expires: 6 months (used to store traffic source)

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Marketing and Tracking Cookies

Council Advertising Network

The Council Advertising Network (CAN) delivers adverts on our website. The adverts are managed by a Google tool called DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP). DFP uses cookies to track who has seen which adverts and to track how those adverts are performing.

Google DFP uses the following cookies: _gads, _drt, _id.

For more information, please see Google Privacy and Terms relating to Advertising and the Council Advertising Network Privacy Policy.

You can opt out of getting personalised adverts on the Your Online Choices website.

Additional Third Party Cookies

YouTube videos

On some pages of the website we use YouTube to display videos. We embed videos using YouTube's privacy enhanced mode, which only sets cookies once you play a video. YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information. Read more at YouTube's embedding videos information page. You can also read YouTube's Privacy Policy.

Google Maps

We use Google Maps to provide a familiar interface when showing you where our car park locations are. See the Google Maps Platform Terms of Service and the Google Maps and also Google Earth Additional Terms of Service. Please also see Google’s Privacy Policy.


A few of our pages contain an embedded XMAP by GeoXphere. This generates a session cookie called 'gx-pmv-tk' that is set when the map is viewed and expires when the browser is closed. For more information, please see the privacy policy of GeoXphere [PDF, 147KB].

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