Accessibility Statement

 1. Introduction

This website is run by West Moors Town Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

1. Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
2. navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
3. navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
4. listen to most of the website using a screen reader.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

Browser plugins available to assist users with disabilities

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Changing the way a page is displayed

Swiftread for Google Chrome, a speed-reading plug in.
2. Reader for FireFox or
Postlight Reader for Google Chrome to de-clutter the page. These allow control on both text size and background colours.
3. Change colours instantly using
High Contrast for Chrome or NoSquint for FireFox

 Read more effectively

1. Extract all the headings and subheadings into a navigation list to skim read a page via headings using HeadingsMap for FireFox or HeadingsMap for Google Chrome

Listen to content
1. Listen to a page via
Google Selection Reader

 What to do if you can’t access parts of this website / Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille
1. email

2. call 01202 861044
3. visit Council office, 4 Park Way, West Moors, BH22 0HL
 We’ll consider your request, doing everything we can to help you, and will get back to you as soon as we can. If you can’t view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us using the details above for directions.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)."

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

West Moors Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

 How accessible is this website

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
1. you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
2. some PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
3. you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

·         There may be pages with read more / click here links. See WCAG 2.4 Success Criterion 4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context)

·          There may be some pages where HTML isn’t perfectly formed, such as stray end tags. See WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing).

·          Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. See WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

·          Some images on the website pages may not have a text alternative, so the information on them isn’t available to people using a screen reader. See WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate Burden

(If you have a specific accessibility issue that is particularly difficult or expensive to fix, and you believe that the benefit is not high enough to commit the resources to, then this is a disproportionate burden).
Not applicable.

Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.

Not applicable.

How we tested this website

This website was tested both manually and automatically prior to the writing of this statement. The tests were carried out by Vision ICT Ltd and West Moors Town Council

This statement was prepared March 2023.

It is a living document that will be updated with any issues either found or reported to the Town Council.