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Air quality

Why do we measure air quality?

Clean air is essential for health and helps to make the borough a pleasant place to live. We monitor air quality around the borough.

How we do this

All local authorities in the UK review and assess air quality in their area against the local air quality objectives.  If any standards are unlikely to be met by the required date, then that area should be designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and prepare an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) setting out measures to reduce air pollutants.

The main pollutant of concern in our region is nitrogen dioxide as a result of emissions from road traffic. In the majority of areas, levels of nitrogen dioxide are below the air quality objectives.

The latest local air quality assessment and results of our local nitrogen dioxide monitoring are available from the Environmental Health Service.

Concerns about air quality

We will investigate any complaints about air pollution, including the emission of:

  • smoke
  • fumes
  • gases
  • odours
  • dust