1     Accessibility statement for Bishop Burton Village Web Site

1.1     Introduction

This accessibility statement applies to the Bishop Burton Village Web Site; its address is http:www//bishopburton.org.uk. The web site is responsive and may be viewed through a browser on a computer or a mobile phone with a browser capability.

This statement can be accessed from the Footer menu on the Home page of the web site.

This website is run by Bishop Burton Parish Council but includes contributions from a number of users and the council content represents only a part of the web site.  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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

You will not be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts unless your browser or operating system supports this function e.g. “Ease of Access” options on Windows 10, accessibility extensions for Google Chrome.

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.

1.2     Scope of Review

The Bishop Burton Village website has been created using a template-based Content Management System. This means that each template may power multiple pages of the website and any changes to a single template will affect multiple pages. It is feasible for us to review key pages under each template and to presume that further pages running under the same template also conform to WCAG 2.1 AA.

Below is a list of pages included within this review:-  

  • Home page
  • Contact page
  • Parish Council Agenda, Minutes and other documents and policies
  • Village calendar

These pages contain parish council related content and/or are deemed as significant to the website. We have concentrated on the home page and the pages that are specific to the Parish Council avoiding the duplication of tests where the pages are similarly constructed and controlled through a template.

These pages were reviewed using Accessibility Insights for Web and Colour Contrast Analyzer. Problems were encountered attempting to use Nu HTML Checker and this was the cause of some failures. At the time of the review 90% of the accessibility requirements in respect of these pages are being met. We will report in an update to this statement when compliance with the accessibility regulations is enhanced.

1.3     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
  • you cannot skip to the main content of a page when using a screen reader
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page

2     Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read contact the Parish Clerk 

  • email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • post: Dunvegan, Pudding Gate, Bishop Burton

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 30 days.

2.1     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 statement or think we’re not meeting specific accessibility requirements, please email the Parish Clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2.2     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).


3     Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Bishop Burton 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.

3.1     Compliance status

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


4     Non-accessible content

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

  • There is presently no way to skip the repeated content (e.g. the top menu) in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This will be remedied by the time of the next review.
  • The “breadcrumbs” part of the screen fails the test that assesses the degree of contrast between the button text and the background. This will be remedied by the time of the next review.

Full details of the compliance test are in the appendix and available on the web site. 

4.1     Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add meaningful text alternatives for all images other than user-supplied images in the photo gallery by the time of the next review. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Some text buttons are defined as images where the purpose is not defined as meaningful. This may cause a screen reader to “hide” the button. We are working to solve this problem but it may require a substantial re-write of the system and may impose a disproportionate burden on our resources.  

4.2     Disproportionate burden

Bishop Burton Parish Council is a small council serving a population of 690 persons. Its web site is run on a part-time basis and it is not feasible or economic to make major changes to the web site that fall outside the scope of the tools provided by the content management system. This will be considered again at the time of the next annual review.

4.2.1    Navigation and accessing information

The web site is compliant with the requirements that provide access to the site using a browser on a smartphone.  However, it is not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content. It is also not possible for users to change text size through the browser without some of the content overlapping. We hope to remedy this problem by the time of the next review.

PDFs are used in the presentation of agenda, minutes and policy documents. The PDFs are not tagged and thus, whilst it is possible to view all the content, it is not possible to tab through a document.  To provide this facility would require paid subscription to Adobe Pro, an expense that is not justifiable within the Council’s budget.

4.2.2    Interactive tools and transactions

We do not use forms to capture data other than a basic (and compliant) login function.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing all issues with navigation and accessing information. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in 12 months’ time.


5    Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

5.1     PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services although there are no PDF and Word documents that are used to capture data. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services. 

Users wishing to cause PDFs to be read out loud are advised to download the PDF to their computer, start using Adobe Reader, and use the “read out loud” function. This facility may be available as a plug-in to your browser (e.g. Firefox on Mac) which then enables you to open the PDF using Adobe Reader without a separate download.

You may also need to make Adobe the default application for opening PDF files in the Preference area of your browser. Instructions are available on the internet. 

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. 

5.2     Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. At present the web site does not stream any live or video content.


6     What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are regularly attempting to improve accessibility on this website. Another assessment will take place in September 2021. The key areas that we will address by then include:

  • contrast in the breadcrumbs area
  • a skip to main content option
  • text alternatives on non-gallery images
  • text flow when changing the size of the browser window.


7     Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 14th September 2020. It was reviewed and approved by the Parish Council on 21st September 2020.

This website was last tested during September 2020. The test was carried out by Bryn Jones.

You can read the full accessibility test report that is attached to this statement.