Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to  This website is run by Selattyn and Gobowen 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 version 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:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • most images do not have a text alternative
  • the colour contrast between background and foreground elements is insufficient
  • some menu options are not accessible using the keyboard.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

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 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:

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Selattyn and Gobowen 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.

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

Most 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 text alternatives for all images by December 2021.  When we publish new images, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

There are links on some pages that do not have accessible text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).  We plan to re-design the layout of our website and correct these links by July 2022.

Not all content is accessible using the keyboard.  The navigation order using a keyboard is inconsistent with the logical order that’s communicated visually. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 2.1.1 (keyboard) and 2.1.3 (keyboard (no exception)).  We plan to re-design the layout of our website to make all elements accessible in a logical order using the keyboard by July 2022.

The colour contrast between background and foreground content should be at a minimum level to ensure legibility.  Elements and the background should have a contrast ratio of 4.5:1.  This fails WCAG2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast (minimum)).  We plan to fix this when we re-design our website by July 2022.

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

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 December 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 provide our services.  For example, we do not plan to fix meeting agendas and minutes published before 23 September 2018.

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

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to improve accessibility on this website by:

  • re-designing the layout and colour scheme to make it more accessible
  • making our PDF and Word documents (created after 22 September 2018) as accessible as possible
  • where possible, creating HTML pages rather than PDF documents.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in July 2021.  It was last reviewed on 14 July 2021.

The website was last tested in July 2021.  The test was carried out by Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council. 

We tested:

  • The site’s homepage
  • Content pages that are mostly text based
  • Images
  • PDFs and word documents.

The pages we tested were:

  • Our main website platform, and the following pages:
  • Home
  • Hengoed Cemetery
  • Council meetings minutes
  • Council meetings agendas
  • Amenities and Services Committee
  • Parish Accounts and Annual Report 2020-21