Accessibility Statement

We aim to ensure that our online tools and documents are accessible to help people with disabilities maintain their independence. People should be able to do what they came to do quickly and easily without having to think about it – our residents should be able to use this site equally well with or without disabilities.

The website will be monitored regularly and we will be working with Shaw Trust Enterprises (opens in a new window) digital testing team who have first-hand experience of accessibility services and represent the following disabilities: Blind, Low vision, Colour-blind, Dyslexic, Learning disabilities, Mobility impairments, Deaf, Asperger’s, Anxiety and Panic disorder.

The Shaw Trust is a charitable organization with over 30 years’ experience in delivering high quality, professional accessibility services.

New legislation has been introduced to ensure that public sector organisations websites are accessible by making them perceivable, operable, understandable and robust.

We will be working to maintain Web Accessibility Initiative level 2 (opens in a new window) (AA). Our site has been designed with this in mind and we aim to make content as accessible as possible.

Help & Support

Downloading and opening documents

Most of our downloadable documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and can be read through the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (opens in a new window) 

If you have difficulty reading text online you can use the ReadSpeaker tool to have the text read out loud to you. It is simple to use and you don’t have to download anything.

For more information please visit ReadSpeaker’s text to speech website (opens in a new window).

Blind and partially sighted users can access information on viewing pdf documents by visiting the Adobe access website (opens in a new window)

There are some documents that have been published on the website that are not fully accessible. If you require any document in an alternative accessible format, please contact the council by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively call 0115 907 2244.

Plain English

We aim to use plain language and avoid unnecessary jargon and acronyms on this website. There are however pages or documents including planning and council reports where complex or technical information is unavoidable.

We follow plain English guidelines as set out in the plain English website (opens in a new window) to try and make the content of the website as clear and understandable as possible.

User Testing

If you are interested in taking part in user testing please register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Full Regulations

The full accessibility regulations can be found at legistation.gov.uk (opens in a new window)

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