This is the website of Derwent and Hope Woodlands Parish Council. It was created by a website designer in 2015 using the Hub theme (i.e. layout, style, format, framework) in WordPress. In order to make the website more accessible, a great deal of work had been carried out this year on the website.
The parish council hopes that the changes now in place will allow visitors to view the website without too many issues.
Changes which have been made include:
Larger Arial (sans serif) fonts
Improvements to colour contrast
Simple clear design
Enlarged clickable areas
Please note; there are no audio or video files on this website
It has become clear that some codes controlling the appearance of the website are embedded in the Hub theme such that they cannot be modified. It has been suggested that the developers of Hub did not consider accessibility. Unfortunately, the company which produced Hub (Woothemes) has been bought out and there is a dearth of supporting documents. Regrettably, the council accepts that unmodifiable codes might cause issues with some screen readers.
After the initial web hosting commissioned by the website designer, the web hosting company (LCN) offered a 5 year reduced price package and this was accepted by the parish council. The parish council has explored the possibility of an entirely new website. When the price is combined with the loss of 2 years web hosting by LCN it would cost in excess of £20 for every adult in the joint parishes. The parish council believes that this would be a disproportionate burden on the community.
The parish council will endeavour to provide a more accessible website and to this end, a WordPress site with the same content employing an “accessible ready” theme is in development on a voluntary basis by a councillor but who has no website production experience.
If you encounter any issues which impede access to website pages, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. If you are not satisfied with our response to your e-mail, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
The accessibility of this website will be routinely reviewed at all future parish council meetings both in terms of content and technological developments