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Air quality

We have a duty to regularly monitor air pollutant levels to assess current and future air quality.

The pollutants of concern are:

  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Fine particles
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Benzene
  • 1,3 Butadiene
  • Lead
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons
  • Ozone

For more information about the pollutants is available to download.

The United Kingdom Air Quality Strategy 2007 requires we improve areas of poor air quality and reduce any remaining significant risks to health. This will help achieve the wider objectives of sustainable development about air quality in the UK.

Annual air quality reports

 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) 

Areas in Cotswolds District Council which don't meet National Air Quality Standards have been declared Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). We have produced Air Quality Action plans for these areas to find out the source of the problem and reduce concentrations of air pollutants to below National Air Quality Standards.   

The area in Cotswolds District Council that doesn't meet the objective for Nitrogen Dioxide is at the Air Balloon junction at Birdlip. The action plan is available to download.