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Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Withington Parish Council Website

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by Withington 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: 

  • 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'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 "contact us" 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 please contact the Clerk:

We'll consider your request and get back to you within 7 days

If you cannot view the map on our "contact us" page, please contact the Clerk 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 the Clerk:

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

Withington 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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Low contrast - text and buttons
  • Missing labels
  • Links missing/redundant
  • No search bar for site or site map
  • Redundant titles/labels

We do not have control over the elements above and have raised these issues with our website supplier (Hugofox) with a view to resolving them.

  • Links need alternative text
  • Headings need checking for correct format
  • Links require informative text
  • Instructions not clear
  • Images require alternative text with description

We plan to address the above elements which are under our control by July 2021.  When we publish new content we will make sure that it meets with accessibility standards

Disproportionate burden

Withington Parish Council do not have the expertise to do a detailed check and paying a third party would place a disproportionate burden on us, therefore the basic checks have been completed by the Clerk using the Governments Doing a basic accessibility check and WAVE

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

PDF's and Word documents

Many of our older documents may not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they are accessible to a screen reader. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23rd September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

Some of the PDFs we publish are statutory requirements. We receive these in a locked or set format that we have limited or no control over but must publish by law. These regulations provide exemption for such 3rd party documents.

We plan to reformat all documents published since 23rd September 2018 by July 2021.  Any new documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. if you require a copy of any documents that do not yet meet the regulations, please contact the Clerk, who will ensure that you receive a copy of the converted document as soon as possible.

Planning Tracker

The website uses a Planning tracker plugin which connects to Shropshire Council's Planning Register.  Withington Parish Council does not have control over the formatting of the content as it is a 3rd party content.


The maps present on our website have been produced by a 3rd party and therefore we do not have control over the formatting of the content.  If you cannot view/use the map please contact the Clerk for directions or an alternative.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

Withington Parish Council is working towards improving the accessibility to the website and plan to make all corrections under our control by July 2021.  The Parish Council will contact the website supplier (Hugofox) with a view to resolving accessibility issues under their control on the website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16 October 2020.  It was last reviewed on 13 November 2020

This website was last tested on 16 October 2020.  The test was carried out by the Clerk using the Governments Doing a basic accessibility check and WAVE