Air quality

We have to review the quality of air in or areas and assess whether the nationally prescribed objectives for the pollutants of concern are being achieved.

These pollutants are benzene, 1,3-butadiene, carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, particles (PM10) and sulphur dioxide.

DEFRA publishes technical guidance to help councils with their assessments and requires them to produce regular reports which are scrutinized by their air quality experts.

We carry out an Annual Status Report which show the air quality for the pollutants of concern appear to be within the government and EU limits and there is no need to declare any Air Quality Management Areas.


AirAlert is a service which sends messages directly to registered users informing them about air pollution levels in their area. AirAlert is intended for people with respiratory health problems, such as COPD or asthma, who may be affected by episodes of air pollution.

Registered users are sent a text, voicemail or e-mail message the day before moderate or higher levels of air pollution are forecast. This allows people with health problems or their carers to make choices on what they do, where they go and whether they need to take medication with them. The service is free.

How do I register?

You can register online at AirAlert.Info, call 01737 276403 or 01372 47475, or print off, complete and return the AirAlert form.