This website is run by Doddinghurst 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 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 designed this site with accessibility in mind. Some of the general features include:

  • The use of clear, simple language which is easy to understand.
  • The use of common web conventions.
  • Avoiding the use of blinking or flickering elements.
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Careful use of text colours, size and background colours to help people with a range of visual impairments. Our site is usable by anyone with colour deficient vision. We’ve checked the site’s font and background colour to ensure there are no combinations against the different colour blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.
  • Placed page items in a logical order and making the website easy to navigate helps people with visual impairments, motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities.
  • Our website does not use pop-up windows unless they are appropriate. Acceptable cases, for example, are when it is important to see the browser window you’ve just navigated from in the background.

How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Headings needs to be formatted correctly
  • Link instructions need to be labelled simply to clearly explain where the link takes you

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format: such as a hard copy,  you can use our contact us form on our main menu at the top of most pages, or email 
clerk@doddinghurst-pc.gov.uk  We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.

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, you can use our contact us form on our main menu at the top of most pages, or email clerk@doddinghurst-pc.gov.uk

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

Doddinghurst Parish 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.

Non accessible content
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

The Parish Council plan to add text alternatives for all images. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Proper Headings formatted correctly, so they can be identified by a screenreader.

Instructions will be styled properly, so they do not rely on a user’s ability to see the page.

Navigation and accessing information
There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks).

Need to be able to use the ‘escape’ key to navigate away from a page.

PDFs and other documents
PDF documents will be broken into sections and those sections have descriptive headings. Check headings are tagged as ‘headings’ in the style gallery and not just in bold.

Some Images and Charts need to include a description of the information they display.

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.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website
The site was tested internally.

We tested our main website platform, available at e-voice.org.uk/doddinghurst-pc

What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We plan to improve accessibility on this website by:

  • regularly monitoring the accessibility of our website and address the areas highlighted.
  • making our PDF documents (created after 22 September 2018) as accessible as possible
  • The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services but any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Doddinghurst Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
and this website is partially compliant with the
 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

We used an accessibility checker to test the pages across our main website platform at e-voice.org.uk/doddinghurst-pc. The website was last tested internally on 23.09.2020.

This statement was prepared on 23rd September 2020. It was last updated on 23rd September 2020.