Information about the cookies that we use on this website, why we use them, and what they do.

Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. The cookies we use are ‘analytical’ cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.

When you access a page on our website that uses a cookie, a new popup window will appear, with a request for your permission to use the cookie. This is before the cookie is applied.

Our website uses cookies, which are small text files containing a string of letters and numbers. EU directives state that any website that uses these files should make the visitor aware of them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files containing strings of letters and numbers. They are created by your web browser and stored on your computer, smartphone or tablet when you access certain websites to fulfil a number of functions, like providing a way to count how many individual users a website has, which pages are being viewed, and storing user preferences. More detailed information about how cookies work and what they do can be found on

What do we use cookies for?

We use cookies for several purposes:

  • To count how many individual visitors we have to our website and see which content is popular with our visitors
  • To store user preferences, such as preferred text size and colour scheme
  • To enable our assistive site reader, BrowseAloud, to work
  • To allow our search facilities to work

Are all cookies used by this website created by Lewes District Council's website?

Not all of our website's cookies are created or read solely by us. We use several 'third party' cookies, which means separate companies/organisations create and read these files. In all cases, no individually identifying information is created or read by these third parties. 

We use SiteMorse analytics software to keep track of how many unique visitors we have to our website, which pages are being viewed, and which pages visitors are exiting the website on. To do this, SiteMorse creates cookie files and stores them on your device. We are then able to gather this information from SiteMorse.

Our assistive software, BrowseAloud, also creates its own cookie files to allow it to function properly, store user preferences, and keep track of how many users are using the software.

Our website search facility is provided by Google. Google also create cookies on your device, which allows them to count how many individual users are using the search facility, to split the search results up over multiple pages and visually identify to you which result pages you have viewed (the page numbers change colour once you have visited them).

Alongside our SiteMorse analytics software, we are also using Google Analytics to count visitors. This will disabled by the end of 2015 and is only currently running as a backup to our SiteMorse software, before we move permanently and solely to SiteMorse.

How long do these cookie files stay on your computer?

Many of the cookie files are deleted when you close your web browser or turn off your device. You can also carry out a 'delete cookies' operation on most devices at any time. Some cookie files do persist for longer, like the one which stores your preferred text size or colour scheme. In those cases, the files are set to persist for a year or longer, so that you don't have to set these options each time you visit our website. These cookie files will, however, be deleted if you carry out a 'delete cookies' operation.

A list of all cookies created by using our website

  • BrowseAloud
    • _ga - BrowseAloud's analytics cookie
    • PHPSESSID - BrowseAloud's session cookie
  • Google
    • APISID - Google's session cookie
    • HSID
    • PREF
    • SID
    • SS
    • _utma
    • _utmc
    • _utmz
    • NID
  • Socitm
    • ASP.NET_SessionId
  • Lewes District Council
    • _baga - Counts the number of users who use BrowseAloud
    • ASPSESSIOIDCCRTQATD - Used for the site's dynamic page software
    • ASPSESSIONIDCACQBDQT - Used for the site's dynamic page software
    • TEXT_SIZE - Used to remember the user's preferred text size
    • ValidCouncilLinkUser - Used if the user is a councillor and has chosen to save their CouncilLink password (CouncilLink is a portion of the website for councillors only)
    • _atuvc
    • _utma
    • _utmb
    • _utmc
    • _utmt
    • _utmv
    • _utmz
    • cb-enabled
    • nmstat
    • socitm_exclude_me22 - used to indicate the SOCITM survey was already completed by a user
    • socitm_test_cookies1 - used to generate the SOCITM survey pop-up
  • SiteMorse
    • siteimpoveses - used to count the number of unique visitors and track the pages viewed
    • PHPSESSID - BrowseAloud's session cookie
    • _ga
    • _ba_cookies_enabled
    • _ba_pdf
    • _ba_settings

Types of Cookies

Session cookies

Session cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies are stored on a user's device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered.  Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.

First and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.

Session cookies set by Lewes District Council deleted when the visitor closes their browser.

Session cookies set by third parties

Google Analytics script deleted when the visitor closes their browser.

Persistent cookies set by third parties

Google Analytics script stored on the visitor's device and expires on a given date.

JavaScript code that sets cookies

1. Collection Day script
2. Local Plan script
3. Function menu script
4. Twitter script
5. Twitter script
6. Flash player import script
7. SOCITM Insight Website Take-up Service

Flash Movies found

1. District News
2. Flash Player