In order to protect the environment and our health, the amount of pollution in the atmosphere must be maintained below specific levels. The National Air Quality Strategy sets objectives for eight main air pollutants to protect health. We are responsible for carrying out local air quality reviews and, where they indicate that the objectives will not be met, we are required to designate an Air Quality Management Area. Further work is then required to ensure compliance by the dates specified in the Regulations.
Our most recent air quality report (2016) is available for looking at.
Further information on air quality can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs DEFRA website.
The Environment Act 1995 places a duty upon Local Authorities to conduct a review and assessment of air quality in their areas. The Air Quality Regulations 2000 prescribed air quality objectives for certain pollutants.