What is a cookie? A cookie is a small text file stored by your web browser on your computer or mobile device. Some cookies are essential for a website to work and help us provide you with relevant information. They also allow us to recognise your computer (but not specifically who is using it) when you access our site and to improve the usability and performance of our site.
We have set out below some common types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Social media cookies. These allow you to share content from our website, or what you have been doing on it, on social media (such as Facebook or Twitter). This information may be linked to targeting or advertising activities.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
Google uses this to remember your preferences, although it is also used by Google to customize ads on Google properties, like Google Search. Click here for more information about these cookies.
6 months until 2038
Google sets a number of persistent (third party) cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users. Click here for more information about these cookies.
Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.
Turning off and deleting cookies.
When you use our site, we’ll give you the opportunity to consent to all of the cookies we’ve listed above (except for strictly necessary cookies). You can also refuse to accept any cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. If you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our sites. If you use different devices to view and access our sites (for example, your computer, smart phone, tablet etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
If you disable the cookies that we use, this may impact your experience while on the sites.
Blocking cookies. You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
More information. For more detailed information about cookies please visit www.allaboutcookies.org which provides guidance on how to control cookies.
Changes to this notice. We may revise this cookies notice from time to time. Any changes we may make to our cookies notice in the future will be posted on this page.