Air Quality Monitoring in the Dover District
We are 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 made up 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.
Air Quality Data Management manage the Kent & Medway monitoring network throughout the County. The monitoring 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.
Dover Council are currently working on a revised updated Air Quality Action Plan. Once the final Plan is complete, formal consultation will be carried out in accordance with Defra guidelines
Daily reports are published on levels of six pollutants:
- carbon monoxide
- nitrogen dioxide
- fine particles
- sulphur dioxide
Air Quality Reports
Our most recent Air Quality report has been completed and submitted to DEFRA. The report evaluates air pollution monitoring results for the district and identifies new or significantly changed sources that could lead to potential air quality problems.
We have examined the results from monitoring in the district. With the exception of sites within existing Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs), concentrations are all below the objectives, therefore there is no need to proceed to a new Detailed Assessment for any of the pollutants.
Air Quality Management Areas
We are aware of fluctuations in traffic flows from year on year and the need to review boundaries of the AQMAs. We were initially planning to re-model these but due to the route changes at the Western Dock, it has been decided to carry out the re-modelling when the work has been completed.
Due to HGVs queuing at the Aycliffe roundabout we have increased air quality monitoring at various locations in Aycliffe.
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 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