Air Quality

We monitor air quality levels to ensure that the people, animals and property of the District stay safe and healthy.

Air pollution happens when harmful substances are allowed into the air. The main pollutant affecting our air is nitrogen dioxide, but problems can also be caused by increased levels of carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, lead, ground level ozone, small particles and cancer causing chemicals like benzene.

We operate a monitoring programme for atmospheric pollutants using a network of equipment, and take action to make sure that problems are dealt with swiftly. You can view Smoke Control Zones in the District by using the online mapping tool.

Where appropriate, developers have to consider the impact of their proposed development on air quality. If necessary developers may have to appoint a consultant to undertake an Air Quality Assessment to look at the potential impact the development would have on existing air quality.

Please see our annual status reports below:

Historic air quality status reports can be obtained by contacting the Council:

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