Environmental Health assess air quality across Broxtowe. The pollutants we assess are named in the Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, all Local Authorities in the UK have to follow a ten year air quality timetable which started in May 2003.
This requires the Council to produce every three years, an 'Updating and Screening Assessment' (USA). This involves an examination of traffic volumes, new sources of pollution and monitoring data and compare these to national objectives for specific pollutants. Where the USA indicates that any of these objectives will be exceeded then the Council is required to produce a second report called the 'Detailed Assessment'. The Detailed Assessment uses monitoring and/or modelling data to provide an accurate assessment of whether the objective (pollutant) in question will be exceeded and the extent of the exceedence.
In addition to the USA and Detailed Assessment, the Council is also required to produce a Progress Report in years when the USA is not undertaken. The Progress Report details current conditions and examines any changes in the borough that may affect air pollution levels.
If the Detailed Assessment shows that an area definitely exceeds an air quality objective the Local Authority is required to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). It is obviously important to identify the source of the pollution within an AQMA and how much of an improvement in pollution levels are required so that the Council can develop an Action Plan to show how it is going to improve the air quality within an AQMA to meet the national objectives.
Air Quality Reports
Following an Updating and Screening Assessment (2003), it was recommended the Council undertake a detailed assessment for the pollutants nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and Particulates (PM10).
The Detailed Assessment (2005) concluded the Council should declare Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA's) for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) where relevant exposure existed due to a marginal exceedence. However, predicted modelling for 2010 predicted the air quality objectives would be met prior to 2010 without any active intervention.
On 1st February 2006, the Council formally declared the following areas along the M1 corridor as AQMA's. A map of the 4 AQMA's and an overview map showing their location can be found in the related documents on this page.
Following declaration, the Council was required to produce an Action Plan to 'manage' the air quality.
In line with its statutory duty, the Council has developed a draft action plan to combat the exceedence of NO2 within the AQMA's. The report has identified the primary source of NO2 is from vehicle emission utilising the M1 and therefore the Council has focused the Action Plan to encompass this.
The Highways Agency is the operator of the trunk roads and it is therefore essential that the Council continue to liaise with them with regards to any current or future plans for the M1 within its district to ensure the reductions required are achieved.
The Air Quality Action Plan was published in 2007 and formally adopted by the Council. A summary of the actions identified by the Council to improve air quality can be seen in Chapter 12 of the Air Quality Action Plan.
A further Updating and Screening Assessment (2006) was published which detailed the requirement of publishing an Air Quality Action Plan. The report also detailed that no other pollutant was likely to exceed the National Air Quality Objective.
Progress Reports were submitted in 2007 and 2008 which indicated that Air Quality was improving within the borough, in particular the AQMA's.
The USA (2009) suggested that air quality had improved to such an extent that the Council may be able to revoke the AQMA's. Again, the report also detailed that no other pollutant was likely to exceed the National Air Quality Objective. Following this report, a Detailed Assessment was carried out. The Detailed Assessment (2010) recommends that 2 of the 4 AQMA's could be revoked.
All reports are available from our related documents section on the opposite side.
For further information or assistance on Air Quality / Pollution, please e-mail the Environmental Health division using the contact details provided on the opposite side.