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Website Accessibility Statement

Our aim is to eventually make our website content more accessible (using internationally recognised standards and required UK legislation with due diligence reviewing) to a wider range of people with disabilities, including accommodations for blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these, and some accommodation for learning disabilities and cognitive limitations; but will not address every user need for people with these disabilities.


Accessibility Statement for www.haydon-bridge.co.uk

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Non-accessible content

What we are doing to improve accessibility

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This Website accessibility statement applies to www.haydon-bridge.co.uk

This website is run by the Haydon Bridge Development Trust directors and last updated on 13th October 2020. The website also gives you access to Haydon Parish Council statutory information and notices.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website where we can implement reasonable adjustments. For example, that means you should be able to:

  1. change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  2. zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  3. navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  4. navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  5. 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.

Viewing our website

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use this website effectively.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability or impairment.
This includes how to:

Should you wish to translate the text on all websites you use, this can be done by changing the settings in your browser:

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  1. the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  2. you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  3. most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  4. you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  5. there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our MAP page but will give access to a larger Google map by a mouse click on that map.

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:-

  • Email:- 

  • Call:- 01434 688658 (during library opening hours)

  • Postal Address:-

    Haydon Development Trust
    'The Bridge' Library

    Church Street

    Haydon Bridge

    NE47 6JQ

We’ll consider your request and get back to you when we can.  Please bear in mind that the entire organisation is volunteer, not professionally, staffed but we will always try to be helpful.

If you cannot view the map on our MAP page, call or email us as above for directions.

If your information requirement is specifically for the attention of Haydon Bridge Parish Council:-

  • Email:- haydonbridgeparish@gmail.com

  • Call:- 07543 912 113

  • Postal Address:-

    Mrs Carole McGivern



    NE49 0EQ

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:-

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

By the nature of our organisation we cannot provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our small library and Tourist Information facility does not have an audio induction loop, or if you contact us before your visit if absolutely necessary we could possibly arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Contact us for this Here.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Haydon Bridge Development Trust is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The ‘non-compliances and exemptions’ are listed below.

Audit details of how we tested this website

This website is tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA, and these tests are carried out by HBDT under the direction of our webmaster.
We use the Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) approach using a sample of pages to test.
We audit our website compliance when new page content is installed. The last audit was carried out on 18th October 2021 using one of the following applications: 

  • WAVE - Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

  • AXE - The Standard in Accessibility Testing

  • AChecker

  • Lighthouse

Non-accessible content

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

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 text alternatives for images found on audit where possible. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Web pages generally as originally prepared are lacking in high contrast levels which could make visual reading problematic (W3C G18: Ensuring that a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 exists between text (and images of text) and background behind the text).  Any new pages will avoid this and all will be addressed when the website is rebuilt.

The website does not use SSL (Secure Sockets Level) secure connection encryption certification.  There are no forms or financial transactions conducted via the website which would require this security level. This is flagged up by Google searches and site auditing software.  When the site is rebuilt this feature will also be encompassed.

Disproportionate burden

This website was originally developed in 2009 and well before such accessibility requirements were current.  This affects a majority of legacy pages on the website.  The Adobe Contribute CMS system used for updating is now no longer supported.  We have been advised that to utilise currently available and viable software would require a complete updating and wholesale re-writing of the material covered along with purchase of the software and several licences.  For the relatively few numbers of current users of this website this is not feasible presently.  Much of the content is actually outwith any public body statutory requirement.  However it is envisaged that this reprocessing will be necessary within 5 years or less when a fully accessibility compliant rebuild is envisaged. A format of the website for Smartphone mobile use would also be incorporated. In time, where pages flagged by our audits can be readily corrected, this will be undertaken.  (Such problems might be images lacking ALT text as noted above or .PDF and Word document and formats or pages deemed to be no longer required).

Navigation and accessing information

It’s not always possible to change a device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content on Smartphones.

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

Using the website on a Smartphone mobile creates problems with link sizes and screen viewing.

Interactive tools and transactions

There is currently no interactive content for forms or transactions once previously used but now removed.

Any future forms will be static to avoid such problems.

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

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 statutory council meeting notices, and forms published as Word documents. When the website is replaced with new programming we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or whatever standard is current at that time.

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 grave location documents such as HBCemetery_Oct_2010.pdf.

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

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to any live video streams as any such material we may utilise as live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility is planned to be improved following each online audit as possible and within a five year schedule with a complete website rebuild.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was amended on 18th October 2021. It was last reviewed on 18th October 2021

This website was last partially tested on 5th June 2022. The test was carried out by the HBDT webmaster using Wave and Lighthouse extensions in Chrome.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test:-

An initial random selection of pages to establish our level of compliance failures.

(An example of a previous AChecker accessibility audit is available Here in .PDF format)




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