Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by Bridestowe Village Hall/Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘Village Hall’ page

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
call 01837 861244
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, email us for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:
Parish Council Clerk: Peter Daniels
call 01837 861244

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We can be contacted by phone or email using the details above.
You can attend our meetings, details of which, along with other village events, can be found here: Events Calendar.
In person meetings can be arranged through the clerk.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Bridestowe is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
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

The site contains information that falls into
Parish Council news and information.
Local news and information.
Village Hall news and information.

There is quite a lot of archived information within the site dating back past Sept 2018, these serve as a historical record of activities. In general the information is text only and accessible, but may contain pages with accessibility issues. For example some pages may contain images of posters for past local events that do not have a text alternative. These pages are rarely accessed so we therefore believe that the effort required to check and fix these issues represents a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix archived Parish Council meeting minutes.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22nd October 2021. It was last reviewed on 22nd October 2021.
This website was tested by Breeze Web both manually and automatically prior to the writing of this statement using the following tools.