Cookie policy

Colchester City Council sets small text files (known as cookies) onto your phone, computer, tablet or Smart TV when you visit our website.

This page includes information about:

  • why we use cookies
  • the types of cookies we use
  • the information that our cookies collect
  • how to reject cookies and change settings

Our website uses cookies in order to provide a better service and experience to users.

Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential to the proper functioning of the website and include areas such as security, making payments, and accessibility. They always need to be on.

These cookies will also:

  • remember the notifications you've seen so you’re not shown them again
  • remember your progress through a form
Cookie Name Purpose
Cookie Preference CookieControl This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.
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Search Function (Algolia) _ALGOLIA This cookie provides the search feature for the website and provides you with relevant real-time results.

Analytics Cookies (Optional)

We use Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use our website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.

Google's privacy policy and how they safeguard your data

Cookie Name Purpose
Universal Analytics (Google) _ga, _gat, _gid These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. Read more about these cookies here.

Third party cookies

We sometimes use content from other sites, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, which may set their own cookies. These ‘third party’ websites place cookies on your device when you watch or view their content. We have no control over cookies set by other websites, but they may have their own settings to allow you to manage their cookies.

Below are the links to third party cookie policies:

How can you change your Cookie Settings?

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking on the ‘C’ icon. You can either click on the Accept or Reject button, alternatively you can adjust the toggles to ‘On’ or ‘Off’. You may need to refresh your page for your settings to take effect.

Alternatively, you may disable these cookies in your browser settings, but this may affect how the website works.

The links below describe how to do this on some of the most popular browsers.

Find more information about the different types of cookies, their uses, privacy and security at

Page last reviewed: 28 November 2022


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