Accessibility Statement

This website is run by Preston Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and our aim is that you should be able to:

• change colours, contrast levels and fonts

• 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 hope we have 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.  The BBC also has a useful webpage My Web My Way which provides invaluable help in changing accessibility settings on your computer and devices.

How accessible is this website ?

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

• you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text

• most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

• you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different form then you can contact us using the contact details found at our Feedback and Contact Us page.  We will endeavour to help and get back to you as soon as is practical. 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.  If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements then please email us using the contact details found at our Feedback and Contact Us webpage.

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

Preston 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.

The following software protocols (when used in combination with any particular operating system, web browser, assistive technologies or plug-ins) are relied upon by this website to achieve the necessary accessibility standards compliance:

•             HTML

•             CSS

•             Java Script

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.

We believe that recent work on this website to meet WGAG 2 requirements determines this partial compliance categorisation with the majority of the specified requirements having been met as far, as is practical, within our operating constraints.  Wherever possible we have endeavoured to meet the ‘letter’ of the requirement as far as is possible and reasonable but in all areas we have sought to meet the ‘spirit’ of the requirement in full.

Non-accessible content

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

  1. Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
  2. The language of the document is not identified.  This functionality is important because identifying the language of the page allows screen readers to read the content in the appropriate language.  This fails WCAG 2 success criteria 3.1.1 Language of Page (Level A).
  3. Very low contrast between foreground and background colours of the ‘Search’ Box are recorded which can create difficulty for users with low vision.  This fails WCAG 2 success criteria 1.4.3 Contrast Minimum (Level AA).  Increasing the size of the window (magnification) can however help to mitigate poor contrast issues.

Disproportionate burden

Preston Parish Website is hosted by Voice Online Communities (managed by Cambridge Open Systems) which offer a free of charge website builder and hosting service to community, not-for-profit and voluntary organisations – these including parish councils.  This is a cost effective solution enabling the Parish meet its statutory obligations whilst operating within a small and finite annual budget.  A clear restriction arising from this approach is that there is limited scope to adjust webpage template parameters provided by Voice Online Communities which are largely based on discrete Bootstrap CSS Framework themes.

The cost of moving the Parish website from Voice Online Communities to a fully WCAG 2.1 compliant web platform would place a disproportionate burden on the Parish Council’s annual budget and incur annual recurring maintenance and audit cost liability thereafter.  It is the Parish Councils' considered opinion that, whilst full WCAG 2.1 compliance remains a clear aspiration, the current costs involved would represent a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.  The vast majority of documents filed on this website are held in pdf format and are retained for historical purposes in the interest of open and transparent governance.  

All new PDFs or Word documents we publish will have been created to meet accessibility standards.

If, however, you wish to obtain access to any of the documents on the site in an alternative format, please contact the Parish Clerk and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 1 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 14 December 2020.

This website was last tested on 18 September 2020.  The test was carried out by Preston Parish Council adopting the self-test protocol using the Government’s guidance ‘Doing a basic accessibility check if you cannot do a detailed one’.  Beyond this basis check, individual webpages were audited using the free online WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool by WEBAIM to help identify, and where possible rectify, critical non-compliance issues.