This accessibility statement applies to

The Derbyshire Observatory is run by Derbyshire County Council’s Strategy & Policy team and the Population Knowledge and Intelligence team.

We are committed to making sure that everyone can use this website.

This includes committing to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

That means the Derbyshire Observatory should allow users to:

  • change colours, contrast levels, fonts and font sizes
  • 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)

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

Visit the AbilityNet website for advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.


We know some parts of the website are not fully accessible

  • Most PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Colour contrast is insufficient on some elements
  • The same link text is used for different destinations
  • Other accessibility issues exist with elements of the site provided by our third-party supplier (ESRI UK)


Feedback and contact information

If you need information on our website in a different format such as –

  • accessible PDF
  • large print
  • easy read
  • audio recording
  • braille

Please use email address

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within five working days dependent on the urgency of your request.


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements

Please use email address


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 you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Visit the Equality Advisory and Support Service website


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Derbyshire County Council’s Policy & Research team is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.


Compliance status

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


Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations


WCAG AA 1.4.10 – some of our pages scroll in two dimensions on mobile devices

WCAG AA 1.4.4 – the pinch-to-zoom function is not enabled on some of our pages on mobile devices


WCAG A 2.4.1 – some of our pages do not provide a way to skip to the main content of the page

WCAG A 4.1.1 – not all our lists are marked up correctly

WCAG A 1.3.1- lists of related links are not all written as lists e.g. navigations.

Alternative text

WCAG A 1.1.1 – alternative text needs specifying for images used as a link

WCAG A 1.1.1 – some of our adjacent links point to the same destination

WCAG A 1.1.1 – some of our alternative text is the same as adjacent text

Colour contrast

WCAG AA 1.4.3 – there is insufficient contrast for some text

WCAG AAA 1.4.6 – aim for the colour of text to strongly contrast with the background colour


WCAG A 1.3.1 – all form controls don’t have labels

WCAG AA 1.3.5 – not all fields identify their purpose programmatically


WCAG A 2.4.1 – a title is not specified for all inline frames

WCAG A 2.4.4 – not all links explain their purpose

WCAG A 2.4.4 – some link text is the same for different destinations

WCAG AA2.4.7 – not all controls change appearance when selected


WCAG A 1.3.1 – not every page contains a heading

WCAG A 1.3.1 – not all of our tables have headers

WCAG A 1.3.1 – not all headings include text

WCAG A 1.3.1 – not all table headings include a scope


Many of our PDF documents are not fully accessible as they are not machine-readable. We are reviewing the existing PDFs and ensuring processes are in place to ensure newly published PDFs meet accessibility standards.

WCAG A 1.3.1 – PDF headings should follow a logical order

WCAG A 1.3.1 – some PDFs do not have a specified heading

WCAG A 2.4.2 – some of our PDFs do not have a defined title

WCAG A 1.3.1 – not all first heading in our PDF’s are labelled as H1

WCAG A 31.1 – some of our PDFs do not have a default language specified

WCAG A 2.4.2 – some of our PDFs have weak titles

WCAG AA 2.4.5 – some of our long PDFs do not use bookmarks to aid navigation

Duplicate IDs

WCAG A 4.1.1 – not all ID attributes on a page are unique


WCAG A 4.1.2 – not all links can be used by screen readers


Third party sites

We use a third party provider (ESRI UK) to host our website and they also provide some of the software to generate the content for the site.

We will work with this supplier to address any accessibility issues with their products, to ensure we provide a robust and accessible solution for you across all of our online services.

ESRI UK have conducted a Web Accessibility Overview outlining how InstantAtlas products and websites meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Instant Atlas Accessibility Statement Overview


Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

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.

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

A review of all PDF’s published after the 23 September 2018 is currently being undertaken.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have performed a test of the website’s accessibility using the Silktide system.

Following testing we identified the issues listed above. We are currently preparing an accessibility roadmap that will set out how and when we plan to address the accessibility issues identified above.

Our commitment to you, is that we will continue to work with our supplier to rectify any issues.

When we update our website we will carefully monitor new content to ensure it meets accessibility standards.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 19 July 2021.

It was last reviewed on 19 July 2021.

This website was last tested using the Silktide system on 19 July 2021.

161 pages (of a potential 161 published pages) were tested.