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Accessibility statement for Evesham Town Council

This accessibility statement applies to

This website is run by Evesham Town 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:

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most 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 like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 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: The town clerk, Mr Stuart Carter, Unit 6 - Abbey Lane Court, Abbey Lane, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4BY


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).


Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Evesham Town 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

At Evesham Town Council we are aware that our website needs to be made more accessible and are in the process of re-building the website to be responsive and accessible by April 2021. Currently our website does not comply with the following accessibility regulations.


1.3 Adaptable

The current website is not responsive which means that when content is scaled up to 200% the text cannot be read without using scroll bars in two dimensions. The content also does not flow into a single column



Sub menus from the main navigation are not accessible when using the keyboard to navigate.

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.

The search function widget at the bottom of the homepage although not a native widget is not labelled correctly.


 2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap - & 2.4.3 Focus Order

When using a keyboard to navigate the twitter feed on the homepage creates a keyboard trap. The twitter feed also interrupts the flow of the page.(focus order, (sequence) css positioning)

Content in layout tables does not make sense when linearized and in some places does not use the correct table semantics and header attributes


2.4.1 Bypass Blocks

 A Skip to main content link is not available. So there is no key-board-accessible method to bypass repetitive content.


2.4.6 Headings and Labels

Some elements that look like headings are not coded as headings. (Semantics- Emphasis)

Some Images are coded as meaningful instead of Decorative.


PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By April 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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 pre sept 2018 versions of agendas and minutes

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are re-building our website in a development enviroment to improve the accessibility with a clearer, easier to use, accessible and responsive design and we intend to have this work finished by April 2021 to replace the current version of the website.

We will also train all admins of the website in best practice for uploading documents to the new version of the site when launched.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 20th September 2020 It was last reviewed on 20th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 20th September 2020. The test was carried out by Activ Web Design Worcester.

We used Accessibility Insights for Web as advised by the National Association of Local Councils to test the Homepage. As the Council are looking to restructure/rebuild the website over the next few months to be responsive and accessible, extensive testing is not necessary.