Image of the accessibility button used on the siteThis website,, is run by Cocking Parish Council, which is responsible for the accessibility of its pages.  The Council is not however responsible for linked pages where it has no control or influence over either content or technology.  Linked pages include those accessed using hyperlinks found on pages or accessed via the website's menus.

Using this website

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. If you neeed help, you can access the Accessibility Options toolbar/menu, either:

  • by clicking on the blue icon on the left hand side of all pages
  • or by using a hotkey combination CTRL + ALT + A (Windows) or CTRL + OPTION/ALT + A (MacOS).

The options will then pop up as a toolbar / menu.

Graphic of the website's accessibility options pop-up

We have also made the website text as straightforward as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible is this website?

 We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • some older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software

  • you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader

  • the output from the Broadband Speed graphic may not be readable with all screen readers

  • contrast may not be adequate for all users on all pages, but you can use the Accessibility Options tools to change the contrast settings or make the page monochrome (greys).

What to do if you can’t 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, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Contact Page and send us a message. We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 7 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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

We do not currently have any offices where you can visit us.  If you want to see someone in person, please contact us to request a meeting and arrange a venue and time. Find out how to contact us via our Contact Page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

Issues you may find

In each subsection below, we aim to say:

  • what the accessibility problems are

  • when we plan to fix them

  • if we don’t plan to fix them, why not (for example, the type of content is exempt from the regulations, or we believe that ‘disproportionate burden’ applies)

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we next do a major redevelopment of the website.

Issues with text

  1. No ‘skip to main content’ option on any pages.
  2. Low contracst on many pages that can be corrected using the Accessibility Options detailed above.

Issues with PDFs and other documents

  1. Some of our older PDFs don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.
  2. Some of our PDFs are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on 'transparency' that we are obliged to publish.  By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
  3. Note: The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services although we don't think we have many of these apart from past Council Papers.
  4. Any new PDFs we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Issues with images, video and audio

We do not normally publish video material, although during the COVID-19 pandemic we included links to live streams of Parish Council Meetings, published on the Council's Facebook pages.. If we do so in the future, we don’t plan to add captions to video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Issues with interactive tools and transactions

We’ve assessed the cost of improving navigating of forms using a keyboard and believe that doing so would currently be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment at a later date.

Issues with the mobile version

Viewing the website on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet may present similar problems to viewing it on a personal computer.  However there may be additional navigation problems which we are attempting to address.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 9th August 2021. The test was carried out by ourselves using the WAVE online tool from AIM (Accessibility in Mind), and by manual checking against standard World Wide Web Consortium (W3C ) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Evaluation Methodology Reporting Tool (WCAG-EM Report Tool).

We tested all pages on our website platform, available at, pease contact us if you are interested in further details.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are continually working to improve accessibility on this website and will publicise any changes or plans as they occur.

Last updated: 09 August 2021

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