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Air Quality Monitoring in the Dover District

Dover District Council is part of the Kent Air Quality Partnership, which was established in 1992 to work towards improving the quality of Kent's air. The Partnership is composed of representatives from each district's transport, planning and environment departments, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, National Power and other stakeholders related to air quality issues.

Currently, the AEA Energy & Environment manage the Kent & Medway monitoring network throughout the County. The extent of the monitoring, combined with computer modelling, enables us to pinpoint problem areas such as congested roads or highly polluting industrial processes. It can be estimated how much pollution is attributable to local sources and how much is imported from Continental Europe.

Information on levels of six pollutants (Carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles and sulphur dioxide) reports and statistics is available to the public every day.

Reports & Studies

The Council’s most recent Air Quality report, Updating Screening Assessment 2012, has recently been completed and submitted to Defra for their appraisal team. The report evaluates air pollution monitoring results for the district and identifies new or significantly changed sources that could lead to potential air quality exceedences. Conclusions of the report are that there have been no exceedences of any of the objectives within the Dover District during 2011 outside of existing AQMAs. Further Detailed Assessments are therefore not required. The Council will continue to monitor within the existing Eastern Docks AQMA until the end of 2012. At the end of 2012, should it be clearly demonstrated that there are no longer exceedences of the sulphur dioxide objective, the Council will consider revoking the AQMA.

No new or significantly changed sources that could lead to potential exceedences have been identified within Dover District during 2011. A Detailed Assessment is therefore not required. The report also includes an annual Action Plan Progress Report.’

Other Reports

Environmental Permitting

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 introduced measures to reduce and control emissions to air, land and water from specified industrial processes and now the operators of specified installations are required to obtain a permit to operate.

Garden Bonfires

Garden bonfires produce smoke which contains carbon monoxide and toxic fumes and can ruin a neighbour's enjoyment of their garden, prevent windows being opened and prevent them hanging out their washing.


Tel: 01304 872428