1     Accessibility statement for Bishop Burton Village Web Site V1.5

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.

The latest version of 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

•   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

At the time of the last review, 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 defect has now been remedied. 

  •       The “breadcrumbs” part of the screen fails the test that assesses the degree of contrast between the button text and the background. This has not yet been remedied.

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 have been including meaningful text alternatives for all images other than user-supplied images in the photo gallery. When we publish new content we make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. This has been done for all images added to articles on the web site since September 2020.

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. 

The Accessibility tests check that there is an appropriate contrast between text and the background in articles and on-screen buttons. The predominant colour combinations on the site for ground and background are:

  •       black on white 
  •       black on pale grey
  •       purple on white 
  •       white on purple
  •       purple on grey 

The expected “success” standard for foreground and the background is 4.5:1; two identical colours would have a ratio of 1:1; black on white would be 21:1. Parts of our web site use pale grey as a background and this brings the ratio down to 4.4:1. An element that has a contrast ratio of 3:1 or less would fail the test - none of our elements fails the test. 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. 

On the home page there are two mini-calendars are displayed. Tests reveal that neither has focusable content that while a user can tab through the calendar, it is not possible to scroll through the diary items using a keyboard alone. The calendars are a third-party extension that cannot be altered to remedy this problem. No alternative is available. 

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 have yet to remedy this problem but will hope to do so 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 January 2023. The key areas that we will address by then include:


  •       contrast in the breadcrumbs area
  •       text flow when changing the size of the browser window.

7     Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7th January 2022. It was reviewed and approved by the Parish Council on 11th January 2022.

This website was last tested during December 2021 and January 2021. The test was carried out by Bryn Jones.