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Local Air Quality Management Areas

Air Quality Management Areas Since 1997 local authorities in the UK have been carrying out a review and assessment of air quality in their area. The aim of the review is to assist authorities in carrying out their statutory duty to work towards meeting the national air quality objectives. If a local authority finds any places where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area. (DEFRA )

Sussex presently (2009) has five local authorities with Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA): Brighton and Hove City Council, Chichester District Council, Hastings Borough Council and Lewes District Council. The declarations have related to exceedences of the UK air quality objectives (AQO) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in most cases, except Hastings where exceeedences of the AQO were measured for airbourne particulates (PM10).

These authorities have declared AQMA's and are at different stages of producing and implementing their Air Quality Action Plans.

Adur District Council: (December 2005)

The air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide (NO2 in 2005), were predicted as likely to be exceeded in two areas of the Adur District. The air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide is an annual average of 40 μg/m3. The estimated levels in the High Street, Shoreham and Old Shoreham Road, Southwick were predicted to be between 42 – 46 μg/m3. The boundaries of the AQMA are based upon computer models and monitoring results, but is also drawn according to existing geographical features to provide easily understandable maps. For further information on Adur District Councils 2005 AQMA's, please select the following link:
Adur D.C. Air Quality Reports.

Brighton and Hove City Council (2005 and 2008):

Brighton and Hove City Council have declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in 2005 which was related to exceedences of the annual average objective for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). A full detailed review of air quality within the city in 2007 highlighted further locations which were also in exceedence of the NO2 air quality objective, and so the city council re-designated a larger air quality management area in 2008.

For further information on air quality in Brighton and Hove, please click on B&HCC "Airwatch" website. The 2008 AQMA map can be found at:
Brighton & Hove 2008 AQMA.

Chichester District Council: (2006 and 2008)

The air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were exceeded in 2005 at locations surrounding the Stockbridge roundabout on the A27 near Chichester. Further detailed assessments were undertaken using further monitoring and modelling confirmed that an AQMA would be declared around the inter-change. Further detailed monitoring and modelling of air quality within Chichester highlight 2 further locations in the town exceeding the air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These 2 locations, Orchard St and St Pancras, were also declared air quality management areas in 2008. For further information please select the following link:
Chichester D.C. Air Quality.

Hastings Borough Council (2004):

Hastings Borough Council declared an Air Quality Management Area related to exceedences of the 24-hour objective for PM10 in Bexhill Road. This is the first AQMA declaration in Sussex. For further information on Hastings Air Quality progress or reports, please select the following link:
Hastings B.C. Air Quality Management.

Lewes District Council: (June 2005)

Lewes District Council declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) on the 30th June 2005. The AQMA was declared due to the modelled exceedence of the annual average air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide (NO2 of 40 μg/m3 in 2005). The area of the AQMA will focus on the Station Rd, Fisher St, West St area of Lewes. For further information on Lewes District Councils 2005 AQMA, please select the following link:
Lewes D.C. Air Quality Reports.

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