Terms of use

About Planning Democracy

Planning Democracy is a charity registered in Scotland (no. SC041051)

Throughout these terms when we mention “we”, “us”, “our” etc., we mean Planning Democracy. When we refer to “you”, we mean the user and/or browser of our website.

About these Terms and Conditions

By accessing the Planning Democracy site at www.planningdemocracy.org.uk (the “Site”) you are agreeing to the terms and conditions that appear below. By accepting these terms and conditions they make a legally binding contract between us and you. If you have any questions, please contact info@planningdemocracy.org.uk. These Terms and Conditions were last updated on 13 August 2012.

Copyright

This website is protected by copyright. All materials on this site belong to Planning Democracy or to third parties who have contributed material to the site and, unless stated otherwise, are available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 UK: Scotland (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5). You are free to copy, distribute, display and even perform the work under the following conditions: that you give the original author credit; you may not use this work for commercial purposes; you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work. Please read full terms here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/scotland/ Please note that material accessed through a link to any third party website will be protected by the terms and conditions of that third party site.

Links

Any links to third party websites are provided solely for the purpose of your convenience. We have no control over the content of such websites and accordingly make no representation concerning the content of those sites to you nor make any endorsement of any of them. We have not tested any content, software features or links found on any sites linked to and do not give any representation regarding the quality, safety, suitability or reliability of any of them or any of the material contained in them. Please also note that the right to reproduce any contents of these websites may also be restricted by the terms and conditions of the website.

Disclaimer

Please note that telephone and other connection charges may apply to your use of this website. For details of such charges you should contact your telephone company and internet service provider.

Opinions expressed within the information contained in this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Planning Democracy.

The website is not guaranteed to be free from any so-called computer viruses and it is strongly recommended that you check for such viruses before down-loading it to your computer equipment.

The information and other contents of this website are designed to comply with Scots Law. This website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Scots Law and all parties irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts. If anything on this website is construed as being contrary to the laws applicable in any other country, then this website is not intended to be accessed by persons from that country. Any persons who are subject to such laws shall not be entitled to use this website unless they can satisfy us that such use would be lawful.

About use of Content on this Site

The Site provides “comments” facilities whereby you may post information and other text about issues or other matters. We reserve the right to review these from time to time and delete any messages or text which we, in our sole discretion, decide are inappropriate. You hereby grant us the right to use and display any material which you post to or publish on the Site via the bulletin boards or chat facilities. In the unlikely event that you find any inaccurate information on the Site or have any complaint about what we have published please email info@planningdemocracy.org.uk. We will investigate on receipt and take such action which we, in our opinion, is deemed necessary.

About Our Liability to You

The Content is only for your general information and use and is not intended to address your particular requirements. In particular, the Content does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation or arrangement by us and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making (or refraining from making) any decisions.

The Site contains links to other World Wide Web sites provided by independent third parties (referred to in these Terms and Conditions as “Third Party Sites”), either directly or through frames (i.e. material which is taken from a third party site but which is shown as though it is part of the www.planningdemocracy.org.uk Site). Where possible, we will make clear where such links are being made. We are not responsible for the availability or content of Third Party Sites and will not be a party to, or in any way be responsible for, any transaction concerning goods or services available from such Third Party Sites. Due to the number of sources from which we obtain Content and the nature of electronic distribution via the Internet, we do not give any warranties or make any representations in respect of the Site Services. In particular, the Site Services are provided on an “as is”, “with all faults” and “as available” basis. So far as lawfully possible, we exclude all liability to you in contract or delict (negligence) (other than where negligence by us gives rise to personal injury or death) including without limitation: (i) any implied conditions regarding the satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose of the Site Services; (ii) any express or statutory conditions relating to the Site Services; and (iii) any conditions or duties regarding accuracy, timeliness, completeness or performance of the Site Services.

Additionally, we make no representation that the Site Services are free from infection by viruses or anything else that has contaminating or destructive properties. Other than as specified in this paragraph entitled “About our liability to you”, we shall not be liable to pay any money to you by way of compensation for any loss suffered by you as a result of use of the Site Services and/or the Site including by way of example any loss of profits, loss of goodwill, or loss of anticipated savings.

About Making Payments on the Site

You may make payments for donations and occasional services on this site through Paypal. The Paypal system which we use for carrying out credit and debit card transactions over the Site, to transfer information from you to us is conducted through secure channels using encryption facilities to prevent access by parties other than those involved in the trading transaction. We do not accept liability to you for any losses or costs incurred or sustained as the result of the transmission of such information.

About Changes to These Terms & Conditions

We reserve the right to make changes to any part of the Site. Due to our policy of updating and improving the Site, we may wish to change these Terms and Conditions (including those relating to your use of Content). When the Terms and Conditions are changed, we will notify you by e-mail or by publishing details of those changes by including them at the end of these Terms and Conditions (see “Updates to these Terms and Conditions”). Your acceptance of any changes to these Terms and Conditions is made by your using the Site after we have published or notified you of the changes. If you do not accept the changes, you should not use the Site any further after the changes have been published at the end of these Terms and Conditions or after you receive notice of changes to the Terms and Conditions.

About the Law Relating to These Terms & Conditions

We are situated in Scotland and the law of Scotland shall govern any interpretation of these Terms and Conditions. The Scottish Courts shall decide any disputes between us.

Information Collected and use of Cookies

We collect personal information from you through the use of contact forms. We also collect information automatically about your visit to our site. The information obtained in this way, which includes demographic data and appraising patterns, is only used in aggregate form. Cookies are small files that your Web browser places on your computer’s hard drive. They can be used for remembering user names and preferences, tracking click streams and for presenting members with personalised versions of the site. You have the option of setting your browser to reject cookies.

Use of Personal Information and Disclosures

We process personal information collected for the purposes of (a) processing your orders; (b) keeping you updated on your orders; and (c) keeping you updated about events, issues and news relating to Planning Democracy. We will not disclose this information to third parties without your consent (but see next sentence). In order to serve you most efficiently, credit card transactions and order fulfilment are handled by reputable third party banking and distribution institutions (currently Paypal). They receive the information needed to verify and authorise your credit card and to process your order. They are under strict obligations to keep your personal information private.

We also use information in aggregate form (so that no individual user is identified) to audit usage of the site.

Communications

To keep you informed about our latest news and events, we may notify you through one of our e-mail newsletters or by mail of current issues, events, promotions and new additions to our website. If you do not wish to receive such communications please unsubscribe using the link provided with every email or contact info@planningdemocracy.org.uk.

Obtaining Information

You have the right to apply for a copy of the information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected (we reserve the right to make a small charge to cover the cost of providing you with a copy of the information which we hold about you).

Law Enforcement

We fully co-operate with the police in identifying those who use our service for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to the police any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful.