Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the website.

This website is run by volunteers within the village for the Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to access the key content within this website. For example, that means on those pages 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
  • 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.

Key content has had to be specified, as we are limited by third party providers, and volunteers time.  This allows us to easily test and prioritise work.  We are classing the key content as below (with example links we tested with):

This said, our goal is for ALL content on the site to work based on the criteria listed above.  So hopefully even if the content you are accessing isn’t listed, it should still be usable.


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
  • 3rd party tools (such as the walks maps, and recaptcha logo)
  • 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 format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, you can contact us via:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within a few days where possible.


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 us using the above contact details


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

The Dorchester-on-thames 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.


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

  • Sitewide
    • The recaptcha used is a 3rd part integration, and has a few accessibility issues with it’s privacy/terms link (such as contrast, font-size, tabindex)
  •  Homepage
    • Thumbnail images for the blog posts do not have alt text
    • There is an HTML formatting bug under the ‘Downloadables’ list
  • Council Minutes Listings
    • There is an HTML formatting bug under the ‘Downloadables’ list
  • 3rd Party tools


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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example the Parish Council minutes and agendas. 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 the old agenda/minutes documents.

We will try to make all future documents added to the website accessible.

We also plan to go through and update some of the older documents (such as the walking routes)

3rd Party Integrations

Some tools on the site may not be accessible, but we sadly do not have control over these, such as:

  • Walk maps
  • reCaptcha


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website

  • September 2020
    • Full accessibility scan and accessibility page
    • Fixing things that are within reason
    • Planning what processes need to change (eg. pdfs)
  • December 2020
    • Fix the HTML formatting bug on the homepage and on the minutes page
    • Upload some more accessible documents to the site
  • 2021
    • Consider other ‘key content’ pages we should be testing


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 26th August 2020. It was last reviewed on 26th August 2020.

This website was last tested on 26th August 2020. The test was carried out by our volunteers using the ‘Accessibility Insights’ tool.

Tests were based on the previously mentioned ‘Key Content’.



This statement was written using the template from the site

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