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Website Accessibility

Great Barton Parish Council's website is fully compliant with accessibility standards.  If you would like an alternative format for any content or have any accessibility issues please contact the Clerk on either 01284 787777 or email:  infogbpc@gmail.com. 

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).

Some of our PDFs and Word documents provide information to the public. For example, we have PDFs of historic minutes, policies and financial information. From  September 2020 any documents loaded onto the website will include the following: Alternative text to be provided with visuals; meaningful hyperlink text added; colour is not used to convey information; sufficient contrast is used for text and background colours; built in headings and styles are used; table structures to be simple with column header information. 

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23rd September 2018  if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix copies of minutes. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

The following actions have been undertaken to improve access:

  • Ensure use proper headings;
  • Pages checked to ensure they are usable when style sheets are disabled;
  • Instructions are properly styled;
  • Link texts make sense;
  • Adding descriptive page titles;
  • Adding meaningful titles to documents and folders;
  • Image charts and tables have a description.

This statement was prepared on 21/9/2020.

This website was last tested on 18/8/20. The test was carried out by The Clerk for Gt Barton Parish Council (non-technical/basic test).

We assessed the following pages which had good examples of the items that needed testing:

  • Home page -  access to site
  • Meeting dates and agenda’s – text based content page
  • Our Village – images
  • Minutes page – Containing PDF documents in folders
  • Neighbourhood Plan pages – all of the above

A full explanation of the examples we tested are available here: