Overstrand Parish Council

Accessibility Statement

This website is run by Overstrand 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:

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.

How accessible this website is

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

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

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

We will consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

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, contact:

clerk@overstrandparishcouncil.org.uk or telephone 01263 576766

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

Overstrand 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 and Non-compliance with the Accessibility Regulations

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

Alternative Text for images

All images on our website should have appropriate alternative text set for them which will, for example, aid visually impaired users to understand the subject of any images on our website. If you encounter any image we have overlooked, without alternative text or with a value which you believe is not descriptive enough, please notify the Parish Council via our email address clerk@overstrandparishcouncil.org.uk or phone on 01263 576766

Posters and Announcement images

We often publish news posts with images for posters and flyers. To aid accessibility from October 2020 we will always add these with introductory accompanying text which we have previously not provided.

Line height, spacing between paragraphs and letter and word spacing

Users who have any issues with these styles (or adjustments using accessibility software) are invited to report any issues to us. We are unable to test this option as we do not have access to the full range of accessibility software which costs prohibit.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they are accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs of meeting agendas and minutes as well as policy and procedure documents. From October 2020, we plan to gradually replace policy and procedure documents with accessible PDFs or HTML pages.

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 old copies of meeting minutes. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will aim to meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 10 September 2020. The test was carried out in conjunction with our web designer Josh.biz.

We have undertaken to achieve maximum accessibility within the scope of the available technologies at our disposal, our knowledge of the required subject areas and the time/budget available to us.

Please email clerk@overstrandparishcouncil.org.uk if you have questions or encounter any issues which you believe should be addressed.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020 and adopted by Full Council on 7 October 2020.