At West Somerset Council we are always 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.

Listen to this website with BrowseAloud Plus

Whether you are using a Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac, BrowseAloud Plus will provide the speech and reading support tools you require for free. 

What is BrowseAloud Plus?

BrowseAloud Plus reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience.  New features include: Translator, Simplifier, Screen Masking for Touch Screens and the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences.

Other features include:

  • Dual-Colour Highlighting
  • MP3 Maker
  • Secure Site Reading
  • Text Magnification
  • Screen Masking
  • PDF Reading
  • Translator
  • Pronunciation Modifier
  • International Languages

More than 7,000 websites use BrowseAloud, so once you have it on your device you can listen to all of these websites too. For more information, please visit

Who does BrowseAloud Plus help?

BrowseAloud Plus helps website visitors who require online reading support and those who simply prefer to listen to information instead of reading it. Those with print disabilities, such as dyslexia or mild visual impairments, and those with English as a second language find BrowseAloud Plus particularly useful. 

How do I get BrowseAloud Plus?

Click on the 'Listen with BrowseAloud' text that appears on the top left of every page on this website to launch the BrowseAloud Plus toolbar then simply click any text to hear it read aloud.

Support with using BrowseAloud Plus

A full range of support services are provided for BrowseAloud Plus:

Tel:  0800 328 7910

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.