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.
Ricardo Energy & Environment 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.
The priority for the coming year (2021) is to update the Air Quality Action Plan based upon detailed modelling of the AQMAs and taking into consideration Defra’s proposals for ‘tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations’4. This will be placed in the context of identified significant developments in Dover, including re-development of the Western Docks through the Dover Western Docks Revival Project and work on the Dover Waterfront area. The potential impact upon air quality from these developments will be appraised through the Strategic Environmental Assessment approach and through requests for air quality assessments under the planning and development regime.
The impacts of Brexit upon the port will continue to be a key influence during 2021/22, and any decisions made will be assessed in terms of the air quality impacts within Dover.
Air Quality Management Areas
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.