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West Somerset Council


At West Somerset Council we are currently working with our external web developers on ways to improve the accessibility of our website.

As there are so many pages on our website, we won't always get it right but we will continually strive to aim towards a fully accessible site. If you do experience any problems in accessing our website, or have any queries about the website please email

Access Keys

Access keys allow you to navigate to specific pages of a website by typing certain key combinations.  In Windows, press ALT and the key listed below then ENTER. On an Apple Macintosh, press CONTROL and the key listed below followed by ENTER.

This website uses the following access keys:

1 - Home page

2 - News

3 – Site map

4 - Search

9 – Feedback form

0 - Access Key Information

Text Size

Throughout this website, we have provided text decrease and text increase buttons. These can be found on the left hand side of the page, directly above the main site navigation.

Speech Enabled

BrowsealoudAs part of our commitment to accessibility, West Somerset Council's website is speech enabled. All you have to do is download and install the browesaloud software (link available on the right hand side of this page will open in a new window) which is free of charge.

Why speech enable our website?

Making our website speech enabled will make our site easier to use for large numbers of people. This includes those with dyslexia or learning difficulties and anyone with a mild visual impairment.

How does it work?

By following the simple instructions, you can download and install the browesaloud software (link will open in a new window). Once the installation has finished, information on this site can be spoken aloud. When you scroll over the text on the website, Browsealoud will read and speak what you require. Browsealoud will read every page on this website.

Does it read PDF Documents?

Browesaloud (link will open in a new window) will also read PDF documents in Adobe Reader Version 6.0 and above.

Can I customise Browsealoud?

Yes. Once the software has downloaded, look for the Browsealoud icon, which is usually found at the bottom right hand corner of your screen (next to the clock). You can right click on the icon which will give you an option to 'open Browsealoud settings', here you are able to change the pitch, speed and voice.

Alternative text for images

Where images have been used on our website, when a mouse cursor hovers over an image some text will appear that explains what the picture is of. This is useful to our customers who may use tools such as screen readers.