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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

You are invited to view and contribute to the The Mayor's Covid Record of Reflection


If you are a visually impaired individual, or are using the software to evaluate sites for accessibility, you may use the software for free, but will not be entitled to support.

If you require the software for use with visually impaired clients and need training or support, then you should register it by purchasing the user licence(s) you need. Please visit Soundlinks web site for details on how to purchase licence(s).

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Specialists in audio and speech access.

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Links to a number of software solutions for the visually impaired.

Thunder Screen Reader

The Thunder Screen Reader talking software is compatible with XP or Vista and will be immediately usable by someone who can't see to read the screen. You will have a talking computer which will speak as you press keys and read out to you what is on the screen.

To enjoy the internet, you will need to use WebbIE which is installed with Thunder. WebbIE will appear within the All Programs Menu. WebbIE is a text browser which cuts out visual clutter and presents a website in clear line by line text. You can adjust the font size to suit.

You also get Accessible live and listen again radio, a huge online free library, RSS news feeds and podcasting. You will find this listener's paradise within All Programs under Accessible when you install your Thunder software.

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