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 and name Expiry Purpose
_ga - Google Analytics 24 months Used to distinguish users for analytical data reporting. More information at

_gat_gtag_UA_50693467_1 - Google Analytics

1 minute Used to throttle request rate on the website for analytical data reporting. More information at
_gid - Google Analytics 1 day Used to distinguish users for analytical data reporting. More information at
PHPSESSID - HDC website After every session Used to maintain the user session. More information at
CookieControl 12 months Used to remember your decision to the cookie banner acceptance to prevent the same message from appearing again. More information at 

jadu_cc - HDC website

After every session Used to keep users logged in to the website. More information at 

TestCookie - HDC website

After every session Used to determine whether a user's browser accepts cookies. More information at
uvc - 1 day Used to track usage of the service. It allows a user to share a webpage with many social sites.
loc - 13 months Used by AddThis for Geolocation to help publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located.