Accessibility Statement

We are committed to making this web site as accessible as possible to users with disabilities, including users who may be blind, partially sighted, or have a physical disability. All pages are created with accessibility in mind, following the guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). We aim for all pages to be WCAG and WAI Level AA accessible.

Access Keys

Access keys are designed to help users who may have difficulty in using pointing devices. The following access keys are available on this site, following the UK Government standard assignments:

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Site home page
  • 4 - Search for e-petitions
  • 6 - Help
  • 8 - Terms and Conditions, includes disclaimer and copyright statement
  • 9 - Feedback
  • 0 - Accessibility Information (this page)


We also support the following Access Keys specific to this site:

  • m - e-petitions menu
  • o - List of e-petitions you are participating in
  • x - Logout


At the time of writing the following browsers support access keys:

  • Microsoft IE5 and above for Windows: hold down ALT and press the key, then press ENTER.
  • Microsoft IE4, Netscape Navigator 6 and above, Firefox for Windows: hold down ALT and press the key.
  • Macintosh: hold down Control and press the key.



This site does make use of Javascript, however if you do not have Javascript in your browser (or it is turned off) the site will automatically present non-Javascript alternatives instead. We recommend, if possible, turning on Javascript for this site for improved functionality.

Download Plug-ins

Documents on this site may use PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file format for the publication of large and complex documents. Please note that Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted to HTML or plain text using Adobe's web-based conversion service.

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe� Acrobat� Reader installed:

Download Adobe� Acrobat� Reader software from the Adobe site.

Alternately Documents may also be published in Microsoft Word format. To view and print Microsoft Word files, you must either have Word installed on your PC or you can download Microsoft Word Viewer software (Microsoft Windows only):

Download Word ViewerDownload Microsoft Word Viewer software from the Microsoft site.

DWF (Design Web Format) files are used to display plans and locations in certain consultations. DWF is an open, secure file format developed by Autodesk for the efficient distribution of rich design data to anyone who needs to view, review, or print it. DWF files are highly compressed, so they are smaller and faster to transmit than design files. You can view DWF files with the free, lightweight Autodesk Express Viewer.

Download Autodesk Express DWF Viewer (For Windows - 3Mb)

Language and Translation Services

If you would like this information in a different format, for example: Braille, audio tape, large print, computer disk or community languages, please contact Tel: 01454 868009.