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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, such as the number of visitors. Most major websites use cookies.

Types of cookies used on our website

Our own cookies, as well as third party cookies, are listed below. If you use our website, you agree to our use of cookies.

'Strictly necessary' cookies

Some cookies on our website are essential for us to be able to provide you with a service you have requested. If you prevent these cookies, via your browser for example, we can't predict how our website will perform during your visit. Some services may stop working.

We use 'strictly necessary' cookies for things like:

  • online forms and payments
  • searching the burials records system
  • searching the council minutes and agendas system

'Analytics' cookies

We use analytics cookies to help us understand how users engage with our website. They also allow us to see which features are most popular and make them better, and remove the features that nobody uses. We would find it difficult to analyse how well our website was performing and improve it without these cookies.

Information collected is only used to help us improve how our website works.

We use 'analytics cookies' for recording things like:

  • the number of visitors to our website
  • the type of device used to access our website such as PC, mobile phone or iPad

These are considered non-essential cookies. Learn how to disable these cookies.

'Social sharing' cookies

We use cookies to allow you to share content directly to social networking sites such as Facebook. These are generally third party cookies set by external companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

These are considered non-essential cookies. Learn how to disable these cookies

List of our cookies

Strictly necessary cookies


Cookie Name What does this do?
Cookie preference CookieControl  
ASP session cookie ASPSESSIONISAABATSAB This session cookie is used by our server and is required so that our web pages function properly.

It will expire when the browser is closed.
Online forms and payments TS01fe1b89
These session cookies allow users to fill out our online forms.

They maintain the state of the page and store values entered as you progress between screens.

They will expire when the browser is closed.
Minutes and agendas system


 These session cookies allow users to search our council minutes and agendas system.

They will expire when the browser is closed.
Burial records system ASP.NET_SessionId
 These session cookies allow users to search our burial records system.

They will expire when the browser is closed.


Analytics cookies


Cookie Name What does this do? More information
Google Analytics  _utmc _utma _utmz _utmb ga These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to analyse site usage, compile reports and help us to improve the site. The cookies collect information such as the number of visitors to the site and the pages they visited. View Google Analytics privacy policy

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit


Third party cookies

Some of the cookies used on our website are stored on your machine by third parties. We have no control over these cookies or how the third parties use them.

They are used to allow that third party to provide a service to us, for example maps and photo galleries.

For more information on these cookies and how to disable them, please see the third party's individual privacy policy listed below.


Cookie About the cookie Name More information
YouTube  We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page
  View YouTube (Google) privacy policy
Google maps / Yahoo maps / Bing maps  We use Google, Yahoo and Bing maps in our 'find my nearest' search facility. We also place Google maps around the site to help people find a venue or service. JSESSIONID

View Google privacy policy

View Bing (Microsoft) privacy policy

View Oath's privacy policy


We have a number of Flickr galleries embedded across our website.

s_cc, _uc_referrer
s_tp; _ssid
s_ptc; dcbn

View Flickr (Oath) privacy policy and cookie policy

Browsealoud  BrowseAloud is a free computer program that reads web pages aloud.   __ba_allow_secure
View Browsealoud Cookie Policy and Privacy Policy


Disable all cookies

For information on how to disable all cookies, visit

If you disabled all cookies on our website, some services will not work properly, for example online forms and payments.

More information

Useful information about cookies can be found at

If you have a query about our use of cookies, please email

We may update this policy from time to time. We last changed this policy on 27 July 2021.

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