Accessibility Statement

Using this website

This website is run by Woodford cum Membris 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)

Some of these facilities are provided by using the blue and white Accessibility button in the top-right of the screen.

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 aren’t fully accessible:

  • only a limited range of text format changes is allowed by the website accessibility tool.
  • you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older (pre- May 2019) PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • some aspects of the site’s theme cause non-conformance issues for subsidiary information
  • older news items (before May 2019) have not been checked for conformity. We do not intend to fix this, as these are archival items and exempt.
  • we have not tried this web site with screen readers, we plan to do so before September 2021.
  • the website accessibility tools do not function fully with the HallMaster venue booking plug-in.
  • the front page includes “read more” buttons that are deprecated in the standard but whose function is clear from their context.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need Parish Council information such as Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Budgets and other statutory parish records on this website in a different format such as large print you should contact the Parish Clerk (email: parishclerk@woodfordcummembris-pc.org).

For other information on the web site you should contact the editor (email: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org).

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact the Signpost website editor in the first instance (email: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org).

We aim to get back to you within 10 days.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Find out how to contact us on our About Us page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Woodford cum Membris 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.

Issues with technology

  • No ‘skip to main content’ option on any pages.
  • It’s not possible for users to modify text spacing or line height.
  • The PCSO’s twitter feed contains images without alt tags and its format is non-conformant.
  • The web site’s theme does not address a range of accessibility requirements, including the way it handles the side-bar list of recent posts and comments, cookie consent handling,
  • The image gallery on the Woodland Nature page has redundant anchor text.
  • The content delivered on our Hall Bookings page is provided via the Hall Master booking system and we do not have control over the conformance of this.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we next do a major redevelopment of the website, likely to be in 2022.

Issues with text

  • Text on the site appears in reference and service-related pages and in individual news items (‟posts”)
  • Much text that is held on the site under the headings ‟posts” and ‟village news” is of a transitory nature and is considered to be of a purely archival nature. As such it is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We do not intend to update this material except if it becomes necessary to reference it in the future.

For the text that is held on the site’s service related pages, our intention is to make this fully fully compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. Some text pages provide information about the village which is not directly related to the Parish Council’s services. Our intention is to update these to meet the standards as these pages are updated. The sections of the site that this applies to are those pages under the following site sections:-

  • Local Directory
  • Now & Then
  • Woodford Walk
  • Quick Contacts
  • WOW
  • Events
  • Village News

Currently, some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’). We belive that we fixed the existing links on all these pages by September 2020. When we publish new content we will make sure that link text meets accessibility standards.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be marked up so that they are accessible to a screen reader or they may be scanned images rendered as PDF documents.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with Council Standing Orders and Financial Regulations Governing The Council . We believe that all of these meet accessibility standards.

Some of our PDF’s (mainly Council Audits and Annual Financial Statements) are in scanned image format and contain handwriting and signatures. These are not accessible versions. Where these appear on the site we indicate the fact and suggest that, for access, site users should contact the Parish Clerk.

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. For example, we don’t plan to fix copies of Meeting Agendas and Minutes published before that time.

Some documents are published using the on-line document reader FlipHTML. This may not comply with accessibility regulations. Where documents are published using FlipHTML we will provided a link to an accessible PDF version by September 2020.

Our Neighbourhood Development Plan, as ‟made” by Daventry District Council is published as a PDF and has some accessibility problems (poor contrast in places, text information in image form and un-captioned images). The document is published in PDF/A format and can be accessed by screen readers.

In some cases we re-publish third party provided information, where this relates to services we provide we will either obtain accessible versions or publish a link to the originator’s web site.

Any new PDFs or Word documents which we author and publish will meet accessibility standards or we will indicate how access can be provided.

Issues with images, video and audio

Some images on this web site do not have alternative text.

We  added alt-text to all images on our service-related pages by September 2020. We don’t plan to add alt-text to images on posts and news items prior to May 2019 because these are considered archival and so exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Issues with interactive tools and transactions

Our hall booking calendars and forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. We plan to work with our supplier to fix any accessibility issues but as of September 22nd 2020 these issues were still outstanding. The same facilities are available by contacting the hall booking clerk by email or telephone, however.

How we tested this website

This website was tested between 1st and 20th May 2019. The test was carried out by ourselves.

We tested our website’s compliance using the WordPress Web Accessibility with the WP ADA Compliance Check Plugin from AWS Web Services. The focus of our test was a sample of those pages most related to the services provided by the Parish Council and new posts added after 1st May 2019.

We tested:

  • pages on our main website platform, available at www.woodford-halse-villagesignpost.co.uk and those pages relating to the Great Central Woodland accessed via the url www.greatcentralwoodland.org.
  • HallMaster venue availability and booking services based on a different technical platform but ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

We have not tested material delivered via the Parish Council’s Facebook page or twitter feed as the presentation of information on these media is outside our control.

Initially we tested:-

  • All pages under the headings Parish Council, Villages Venues, Great Central Woodland, Woodland Memorial Glade and About This Site.
  • The ten most read pages accessed outside the above categories.
  • A selection of news item posts, the 20 most-read news items in the last year.

We used this approach to deciding on the pages to test as it includes 100% of those pages related to the service we are required to provide and also covers items of greatest local interest.

Subsequently we used the WP ADA Compliance Check Plugin and manual checks on a continuing basis to ensure that:-

  • The content of all pages conforms to WCAG 2.1.
  • The content of all posts published after May 2019 conforms to WCAG2.1.
  • The content of all PDF files published after September 23rd 2018 are as far as possible in accessible format and where this is not the case alternative access is specified.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

This accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website. Our achieved and future planned milestones are:-

September 2019 : implement automated compliance monitoring tool (done).

December 2019 : canvas local residents to identify users with accessibility needs and survey them for their input (done – but see note* below).

August 31st 2020 : complete all changes necessary to service related pages (done).

September 23rd 2020 : complete all changes necessary to pre-May 2019 content (done).

September 23rd 2021 : review and address any outstanding issues.

September 2022: Include any further identified accessibility deficiencies in a web site design review.

In addition we are monitoring the guidance provided by NCALC (Northamptonshire Council Association of Local Councils) and GOV.UK to ensure that we follow best-practice in this area.

* A request on April 21st 2020 for site users with accessibility needs to come forward did not receive any responses.

About this statement

This Accessibility Statement is based on the sample template provided at the GOV.UK website

This statement was prepared on July 8th 2020. It was adopted by the Parish Council on July 14th 2020 and last updated on September 8th 2019.

Updates

The most recent update to this statement (Sept 2020) included the following changes:-

  • removed the advice that “text won’t reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window” as the web site now does this.
  • included a statement on the use of the Accessibility Button
  • included a statement on non-compliant PDF’s
  • added a statement to the effect that the Hall Booking pages do not comply.
  • extended the date by which we intend to check screen readers to September 2021.
  • updated the statement regarding the accessibility of the Neighbourhood Developement Plan