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Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the North Wessex Downs AONB website.  
This website is run by North Wessex Downs AONB. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.  For example, that means you should be able to:
• change colours, contrast levels and fonts
• 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).

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This includes how to:    
• make text larger
• magnify the screen
• change fonts and colours
• make your mouse pointer easier to see
• using your keyboard instead of a mouse
• making your device talk to you

How accessible is this website?  

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible and we plan to do a basic check in line with guidelines on GOV.UK by April 2021 to establish how accessible this website is or replace this website with one that is compliant with the Accessibility Regulations. 
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website or if you want to report accessibility problems
If you need information on this website in a different format please contact us. We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible. Also, if you want to provide feedback on this website or report a problem please contact us.  You can contact us in the following ways:
Call: 01488 685440
Or use the form on this website by following this link:

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, please contact the Equality and Advisory Support Service

What we're doing to improve accessibility 

We will carry out a basic check by 1st April 2021 in line with guidelines set out on GOV.UK.  However, we are also working towards replacing this website with one that complies with the Accessibility Regulations and we plan to do this by July 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on 23rd September 2020. 


Disproportionate Burden Assessment

Checking the website
We have assessed that it would be a disproportionate burden to pay an auditor to do a detailed check on our website. We do not believe the benefit of paying for detailed checks of our website would justify the impact on our organisation.  Our website is not specifically aimed at people with a disability nor does it provide essential transactions.  
Furthermore, we are working towards commissioning a new website that will meet the Accessibility Regulations.  The Council of Partners have identified that it is a priority to have a new website for the organisation which better meets the needs of all our stakeholders.  If we were to pay for an audit on our current website we would not have the resources to create a new website.
We plan to carry out a basic website check based on GOV.UK’s guidance on doing a basic check. We will do this by 1st April 2021 unless we have replaced our current website or if we are very close to doing so.

Fixing documents 
As of 23rd September 2020 there were 28 documents on published since 23 September 2018.   We do not know how often these individual documents have been viewed because we do not have the technology on our website to track this. We intend to review these individual documents over the next 6 months (i.e. by 1st April 2021) to establish whether we need them on our website.  If we decide that we do need them on our website we will check them and fix them as necessary.

Estimated costs 
Paying for a detailed audit 
We have assessed that it could cost between £2,600 and £5,200 for an external expert to do a detailed check (and later re-audit) on our website. This is assuming that our website is considered ‘small’ by an auditor.
These costs are based on estimates from GOV.UK's guidance on deciding how to check your website and getting an accessibility audit. This includes:
•a third-party day rate of £1,300
•about 1 to 3 days to audit a small website
•about 5 to 20 days to audit a large website
Cost of fixing documents 
It is difficult to know how long it would take to make every document accessible without first reviewing each one.  However, if it took approximately one hour to review and fix each document, fixing all 28 would take nearly 4 working days.  This is based on a working day of 7 hours and 20 minutes. 

Assessment of costs and benefits
We believe that:
•The costs of paying for detailed checks for our website on would be a disproportionate burden on our organisation
•The benefit to users of paying for detailed checks on the website (taking into account the aim of this website) would not be justified (taking into account the fact that we are actively working towards producing a new website) and would impose a disproportionate burden on North Wessex Downs AONB
In reaching this decision, we have considered the following:
Our organisation’s size and resources:
Our aim, which we are currently actively working towards, is to commission a new website which will go live in 2021 and we intend that it will be fully compliant with the accessibility regulations. Our budget for this new website would be substantially reduced (if not actually eradicated) if we were to pay for a detailed check and subsequent fixes to make our current website fully compliant.
The nature of our organisation:
We do not provide services specifically aimed at people with a disability.
The estimated costs and benefits for our organisation: in relation to the estimated benefits for persons with disabilities:
We believe the potential of paying up to a £5,200 on audits (before we've actually fixed anything) is unreasonable.
We believe that: it would be reasonable to use any available budget to create a new website which meets the needs of all our stakeholders better AND is compliant with the regulations.  Producing a new website has been identified as a priority by the Council of Partners and we want this website to go live by July 2021.

Last updated
This assessment was last updated on 24th September 2020


Website Privacy Statement

North Wessex Downs AONB ("we" or "our" or "us") are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy (and any other documents referred to herein) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you from our website ( ("Website"), or that you provide to us by other means or will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
Visiting website with your browser settings adjusted to accept cookies tells us that you consent to our use of cookies.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:
1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Website, subscribing to our service and any additional, posting material, contributions or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotion sponsored by us and when you report a problem with our Website.
2. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
3. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
4. Details of your visits to the Website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data.

IP addresses and cookies

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for us to gather statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual. We may, from time to time, pop down to the meeting room when meetings are on, and take cookies from the table.

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

We may embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page.


We may display either (or both) of the following widgets:
1. Feed widgets (widgets that display a feed from our social network page). These widgets do not create a cookie.
2. Sharing widgets (widgets such as Facebook Like, Twitter Share or AddThis) which enable you to share content of Golakes to your friends or followers. By default these do not create a cookie until you have clicked on the graphic or icon representing the sharing network you would like to use. By clicking the graphic or icon you consent to transmitting data to the respective social network.

Facebook's privacy policy on social plugins:
Twitter's privacy policy on cookies and information sharing:

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:
1. To ensure that content from our Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
2. To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
3. To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
4. To regularly update you about our services and promotions in Newsletters.
Disclosure of your information
1. We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group
2. We will not provide any personal information to third parties unless with your express permission.

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

if you have previously agreed to our use of your personal information for direct marketing purposes, or believe that we are doing this without your consent, you may inform us by writing to or emailing us at, and we will remove your details from our database.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.