Accessibility statement for Ashburnham and Penhurst Website

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by the Ashburnham with Penhurst 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:

  • 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
  • Change colour settings
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader

This statement explains what we know about the accessibility of our website, what we are doing to address the accessibility of our website and how to contact us about web accessibility.

How accessible this website is:

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

  • Our font contrast is not yet at the correct accessible level
  • There are a few empty links that won’t be picked up by screen readers such as the link to our Facebook Page
  • Redundant text is still present in some of our headings
  • Alternative text required for images
  • Meaningful link text – we are aware that the some of the links such as ‘Click here’ parts of our news posts are not currently accessible and need meaningful text to replace the links.
  • Some of our older PDFs may not download and open in a new browser
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • 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 please contact:

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

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: clerk

Compliance statement

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

  • Menu drop downs do not appear for a screen reader
  • Copy has insufficient contrast to the site background within the calendar
  • All pages contain an <h1> and <h2>; however, on some pages <h3> and <h4> headings are skipped in the DOM.
  • In operation of the site with a keyboard only, the user is forced to tab through all menu drop downs and cannot choose to exit a menu dropdown if following the focus order.
  • Some subpage content is not announced by screen readers at current.
  • Issues with changing contrast levels and fonts

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are planning to update the Ashburnham and Penhurst website with a new version that meets WCAG 2.1 Level AA within the next 6 – 9 months. In the meantime, should any issues be present that prevent you from accessing information on the site please contact: and we will provide you with an alternative means of access.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 13 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 13 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 23rd August 2020, testing was carried out in house by one of our Parish Councillors. However, further professional testing will be carried out within our 6 – 9 month timeframe to ensure all issues are reported on before fixes start.