Cookie Policy

Ards and North Down Borough Council values your right to personal privacy.

We collect information about you in order to:
Fulfil our statutory obligations
Provide you and other people with services
Improve our services to you

Ards North Down Borough Council complies with the Data Protection Principles to ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date, collected fairly and lawfully - and not held any longer than necessary.
You have a right to see information held about you (with a few exceptions allowed for in the Data Protection Act 1998). If you wish to see any personal information held on you please put your request in writing, stating clearly who you are and what information you would like to see to:

Information Manager
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Town Hall
The Castle
BT20 4BT 

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is completely anonymous and is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.

For further information visit or

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser, though this may cause issues with the functionality of websites.

To find out how to block cookies entirely from your browser, please visit Cookie Law Info.

Google Analytics Cookies
We collect data about page visits to monitor website performance and usage. We can’t determine who this information came from. It’s completely anonymous.

Google Analytics tracks elements of website visits such as:


  • the numbers of visitors to individual pages;
  • when pages were visited;
  • how long users stayed on the page;
  • the page they came from;
  • data about the device being used to browse the site (such as browser and operating system version, and display size.

You can read more about how Google Analytics treats your data at: Google: Safeguarding your data.
You can also read Google’s full privacy policy.

Google provides a tool to opt-out of Google Analytics. This is available as a browser plug in. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

Additionally, you can control how cookies are set using your browser settings.


Google Analytics Remarketing Cookies

Google Analytics is also used to “remarket” to visitors to our websites, or similar users, to advertise to them online. Google uses cookies and/or device identifiers to serve ads based on past visits to our website.

This allows us to target information about Visit Ards & North Down and special offers to relevant people in the local area who have already expressed an interest in Visit Ards & North Down.

This data is completely anonymous. We can see sets of data (for example, how many people viewed a particular page and then left the site) but we cannot see who those people are.

You can opt out of this targeting at any time.


Further information on how Google uses cookies and how to control or opt out of targeting can be found at Google Ad Settings.

Further information on how to opt out of other 3rd party advertising platforms can be found on the Network Advertising Initiative website.

Facebook Pixel

Facebook Pixel has its own cookies and policies

Facebook Pixel Cookies allows for the measurement of audiences for advertising campaigns served on Facebook.

It allows us to see how users move between devices when accessing the Visit Ards & North Down website and Facebook. This helps to ensure our advertising is shown to users most likely to be interested in it. This user data remains completely anonymous and can be opted out of at any time.

To opt-out please see Facebook Ad Preferences.

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