Welcome to Lewes and Eastbourne Councils' new joint website

Accessibility

Website accessibility

We have tried to make our site as accessible as possible for all visitors. We have carried out user, browser and operating system testing, including accessibility testing with users that have disabilities.

Accessibility standards

Our goal for the website is that all pages should meet the AA standards of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

A small number of pages, such as those with maps provided by Google, do rely on JavaScript and will not be accessible to users of some assistive technologies or users who have turned off JavaScript in their browsers.

Colour schemes

You can change the colour scheme and text size to meet your needs. The options you choose here will be stored on your computer in a file called a 'cookie' (read about cookies on our site) and used every time you visit this website.

  • Default graphics and colours
  • High contrast text-only

Text sizes

  • Default text size
  • Text size +1
  • Text size +2
  • Text size +3

Listen to or translate our website with BrowseAloud

Listen to our website by using free software called BrowseAloud. BrowseAloud can read the content of this site out to you and offer translations* of the site into many other languages. You can use the BrowseAloud tool on every page to listen to the content on that page. Visit the BrowseAloud website for more information and to add the link to your device's browser.

* Translations are through Browsealoud's partner programme with Google Translate. Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of the translations.

Browsers and operating systems

Our website is designed to work best on the latest operating systems and browsers. We recommend Windows Vista and later with Google Chrome for optimal performance.

The website is also designed to work with Windows 7 and 8, and Mac OSX operating systems and Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 as well as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

The website will work with Windows XP and Internet Explorers 7 and 8 but these are no longer supported by Microsoft. There are known issues that may impact on your experience and the usability in some areas.

PDF documents and accessibility

Visually impaired users may have trouble reading PDF files with older screen reader software. Adobe recommend you always have the latest Adobe Reader software installed because it is "specifically designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files, regardless of whether the files have been optimized for accessibility."

Recommended websites

We recommend

  • the BBC's My Web My Way accessibility pages to help users with disabilities to use our and all websites successfully
  • AbilityNet's My Computer My Way pages to find and use all accessibility features that are built into your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Feedback

We continue to try to improve the accessibility of the website and your feedback is important to us for this. Please contact us if you think that there is an accessibility problem with the site and explain the difficulties you are having. We will try to overcome any problems we are made aware of.