A web cookie is a small file which contains information stored on your computer by a website you visit. It acts as your identification card, and often stores your settings for the website, which can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, shopping basket content or user's preferences such as text size, language or location.

When you return to the site, your browser sends back the cookie that belongs to the site. This allows the website to present you with information customised to fit your needs.

The following cookies are used to improve your experience using our website.

Cookies set or used by web controls

There are a number of standard web controls that use cookies in order to remember user selections.

Cookie name Expires Information

[ID of Control]_Favourites

When the user clears cookies

Stores favourites which have been selected by the user


12 months

Stores the user's current font size selection


12 months

Stores the user's current stylesheet selection


12 months

Determines if a user is authenticated

Cookies set or used by Contensis authentication

Contensis is our website provider and the following cookies are set if you login to a Contensis site

Cookie name Expires Information


When the user exits the browser

Stores information to re-authenticate a user when they have selected Save Password when logging in


When the user exits the browser

Stores a user's display name in the format as specified in Contensis global settings


25 years or until the user clears cookies

Stores the URL to a user's avatar image, this is set when a user logs in for the first time

Session cookies used by the published site

Session cookies are used for remembering user selections during their visit to your site. A typical scenario may be to remember information entered in a form when navigating to different pages.

Cookie name Expires Information


When the user exits the browser

Randomly generated session ID


When the user exits the browser

Randomly generated session ID

Google Analytics

Google Analytics sets a number of cookies (default is 4) in order to evaluate the use of your site and compile reports.

Cookie name Expires Information


2 years Randomly generated number


30 minutes Randomly generated number


When the user exits the browser Randomly generated number


6 months

Randomly generated number, plus information on how the site was reached (for example, directly, via a link or through organic search)


Cookies used by other council applications

The following is a list of other applications used by the council separate from the council website, you can see which cookies these applications use below or by clicking on the links.

Some of these applications may also use Google Analytics, details of the cookies used can be found above.

Planning online register

Cookie name Expires Information
X-Mapping-bdeddcaj  End of session These cookies are added by the Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM) to ensure that user sessions are persistent.
style 365 days This cookie is used to set a specific style of the site. council meetings system

Cookie name Expires Information
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session Used to identify the users session on the server. 

Self Service

Cookie name Expires Information
JSESSIONID End of session Used by sites written in JSP. General purpose platform session cookies that are used to maintain users' state across page requests.

Register Office online bookings

Cookie name Expires Information
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session Used to identify the users session on the server. 
eRegistrar.PeterboroughSessionId End of session This cookie is used by the website to store the user's session ID.

How to disable cookies

By default, your browser's cookies are enabled. You can delete cookies from your computer or you can set your browser to reject cookies.

Disabling cookies all together is not advisable, because some websites may not function properly. However, if you really need to disable cookies, check your browser's guidance on their official website:

Your privacy

Cookies can store a wide range of information, including personally identifiable information such as your user name or email address. For that reason, the European Union has issued an ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC), which regulates the use of cookies and storing personally identifiable information.

Our use of cookies doesn't give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Find out more about cookies on the Information Commissioner's Office website.