The dyslexia support link on the Cheshire West website was a Thai sex blog
A councilor has questioned how seriously dyslexia is taken in the borough after finding a malicious link to a Thai porn blog on a council website.
Cllr Lee Siddall, who represents Winnington and Castle, was diagnosed with dyslexia while still in primary school and recently spoke to the Guardian about how it affects his life.
However, Cllr Siddall was appalled recently when he visited the yourwestcheshire.co.uk Find out what resources are available for people in West Cheshire to learn more about the disease.
By clicking on a link to the Cheshire Dyslexia Association – a local voluntary group – the website’s domain had expired and the content displayed was sexually explicit.
“I think this reflects the CWAC extremely poorly,” Cllr Siddall said.
“Setting aside the fact that the CWAC does not even collect useful data regarding dyslexia in schools and groups, everyone, together under SEND (special educational needs and disability), it shows a lack of attention to the details that municipal taxpayers expect.
“Someone really dropped the ball by allowing members of the public to click on pornographic material when seeking help for dyslexia.”
“I hope this does not reflect where dyslexia appears in the council’s priority as I have so far been unimpressed with the poor data collection that has taken place in order to see how best to help children with this neurological disorder in the future.
“I think it may also open up a larger question.
“If something as simple as web links isn’t managed and verified effectively, how effective is the board managed globally by managers?”
A spokesperson for the council said: “The council regularly monitors the external links posted on our web platforms.
“The domain for this website, set up by the voluntary organization, has expired since our last audit and was removed as soon as our attention was brought to it.
“The Council will soon be launching a brand new website to replace the current www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.
“During phase two of this launch, all information from yourwestcheshire.co.uk will be moved to the new site after a thorough content audit.”