How we're improving air quality

Our aim is to improve the quality of air in the borough by monitoring air pollution levels, controlling the release of pollutants and enforcing air quality laws.

We have declared the entire borough, apart from the area to the south of the A205, an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) (pdf, 350kb) and;

We plan our services to limit pollutants in the air

We have many services that impact on air quality including development control, transport planning, management of our vehicle fleet, management of our buildings and estate, how we buy goods and services, etc.

We're leading by example. We were one of the first councils to introduce 'green' council vehicles that run on either natural gas or electricity.

We limit others from polluting the borough

We have strict rules for all applications that may have a negative effect on air quality within the borough. They cover the following areas:

  • planning applications
  • fleet & vehicle management
  • parking and traffic control
  • green travel and walking

We regulate premises that are required to be permitted under the Local Authority Pollution Control regime.

We enforce the air quality provisions of statutory nuisance legislation.

We enforce the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993.

We limit others polluting in the borough, through advice, planning and enforcement

Page last updated: 10 September 2018