About this page

This page gives you information about the cookies which may be set when you visit the Harborough District Council’s website. It also shows you how to reject or delete them if needed. 

What are cookies? 

A cookie is a small text file which contains a random unique identifier sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.  

Cookies are used to store information about you on your computer. They cannot be used to identify you personally.  

Why do we use cookies 

Our website uses cookies to track your preferences, logins and general site usage. That provides a better user experience for you and it enables the site to run more efficiently. It also helps us to improve the website and our online services. 

How do we use cookies 

We use cookies to analyse your journey through the website to provide relevant information and improve our online services. Examples include: 

  • Measure website traffic to make sure it runs smoothly and efficiently 
  • Recognise your devise and scale the website pages to your device’s screen size 
  • Analyse search queries to help you find the right information 

How you can control and delete cookies 

Harborough District Council does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. We recommend that you allow the cookies set by our website to help us improve our service delivery. 

If you wish to restrict or block cookies set by our or any other website, you could do so through your browser settings: 

  • Navigate to the privacy settings 
  • Select cookies settings 
  • Add our website ( to the list of websites from which you do not wish to accept cookies 

You could also delete individual and any other cookies stored in your browser. There is more information on how to do that on the About cookies website

Website visitors tracking 

Although we track your website usage, we do not collect or store your personal information whilst you are browsing. We use Google Analytics to help with tracking: 

  • Traffic sources and page visits 
  • Time spent on the website 
  • Search queries and link clicks 

How you can disable Google Analytics 

You can block the Google Analytics cookie from collecting data by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on available for: 

  • Google Chrome 
  • Mozilla Firefox 
  • Apple Safari 
  • Microsoft Edge 

Which cookies do we use 

The table below shows the cookies set by the Harborough District Council’s website and their purposes. 

Harborough District Council website cookies
Cookie Description Duration Type

This cookie is native to PHP applications. The cookie stores and identifies a user's unique session ID to manage user sessions on the website. The cookie is a session cookie and will be deleted when all the browser windows are closed. 

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session Necessary

Used to determine whether a user's browser accepts cookies. 

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session Other

Used to remember your decision to the cookie banner acceptance to prevent the same message from appearing again.

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1 year Other

Google Analytics sets this cookie to calculate visitor, session and campaign data and track site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognise unique visitors.

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1 year 1 month 4 days  Analytics 

Google Analytics sets this cookie to store information on how visitors use a website while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the collected data includes the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.

Used to distinguish users for analytical data reporting. More information at

1 day  Analytics

Google Analytics sets this cookie to store a unique user ID. 

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1 minute  Analytics 

Google Analytics sets this cookie to store and count page views. 

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1 year 1 month 4 days  Analytics 

Last updated: 11 August 2023