Cookie policy

Cookies and how you use our website

To make our website easier to use, we sometimes place small text files on your device (for example, your iPad or laptop) called cookies. Most big websites do this too.

Cookies currently used on our site identify you as an anonymous user. We use third party cookies for analytical purposes only to help improve and administer the website.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit

Other people’s cookies

We use videos from YouTube and feeds from other websites such as Facebook and Twitter. These websites place cookies on your device when watching or viewing these pages.

Below are links to their cookie policies:

  • Google and YouTube
  • Facebook
  • X
  • CAN (Council Advertising Network)

Turning off cookies

You can stop cookies being downloaded on to your computer or other device by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. If you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

There is more information about how to delete or stop using cookies on You can also opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics.

Further guidance on the use of personal information can be found at

Further information and advice

If you have any questions about how your personal information is handled, please contact our Data Protection Officer at or by calling (0191) 2116500.

For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 if you prefer to use a national rate number.

Alternatively, visit or email

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