- Monitoring Air Quality
- Air quality reports
- Air quality Management Areas
- Targeted Feasibility Study
- Regulation of industrial processes
- What residents can do to help
- Air Pollution Alert System
Local authorities have a duty to review the air quality in their district under the Environment Act 1995, as poor air quality has the potential to adversely affect public health. The Council is required under this law to carry out regular reviews and assessments of air quality in Broxbourne against standards and objectives set out by the National Air Quality Strategy.
The Air Quality (England) Regulations 2015 sets Air quality objective levels for three main pollutants including nitrogen dioxide, PM10 and sulphur dioxide. Environmental Health currently monitors against the nitrogen dioxide objectives. Where exceedances are considered likely, the local authority must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and prepare an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) setting out the measures it intends to put in place to facilitate compliance with these objectives.
There are currently now five Air Quality Management Areas in the Borough of Broxbourne.
The main source of air pollution in Broxbourne is traffic. The Council monitors nitrogen dioxide at 38 locations across the district, via diffusion tubes.
Effects of air pollution
Generally if you are in a good state of health, moderate air pollution levels are unlikely to have any serious short term effects. However, elevated levels and/or long term exposure to air pollution can lead to more serious symptoms and conditions affecting human health. This mainly affects the respiratory and inflammatory systems, but can also lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. People with lung or heart conditions may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution.
In fulfilling its duty the Council also produces an annual report which provides an overview of air quality in the Borough of Broxbourne, during the previous calendar year.
Broxbourne’s 2018 Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR) can be found to right side of page in "documents".
Broxbourne Council participates in the Herts and Beds Air Quality Forum. The Forum maintains a website with comprehensive information on the quality of air in the region, from where you can access current pollution levels.
In 2004, three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) were declared in Broxbourne, with AQMA 1 being declared due to likely breaches of the nitrogen dioxide and particulates (PM10) objectives and AQMA 2 & 3 being declared due to likely breaches of the nitrogen dioxide objectives. A copy of the Orders formalising these decisions were sent to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2004.
Since that time, a further four AQMAs have been identified with respect to likely breaches of the nitrogen dioxide objectives, along with the need to extend AQMA 1..
However, following sustained compliance with the National Air Quality Objectives, AQMA 2 (Teresa Gardens, Waltham Cross) and AQMA 3 (Jones Road, Goffs Oak), were revoked on 1 March 2019. Maps of the remaining AQMAs, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 can be found to the right side of this page, titled 'documents'.
Copies of the Revocation Orders can also be viewed within 'documents' to the right of this webpage.
It must be emphasised, that despite this, there is no immediate public health concern for residents in these areas.
The Council will work with colleagues in Hertfordshire County Council Highways and Highways England in developing a single Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) to help improve air quality in these areas and the plan will be linked to changes in government legislation and policies, science & technology and local and regional developments.
The Council commissioned Bureau Veritas in March 2017 to assist in the development of it’s single AQAP, for all of the Borough’s AQMAs.
The Borough of Broxbourne recently held an Air Quality Steering Group meeting, which included relevant stakeholders from within the Council in addition to those from Hertfordshire County Council and Bureau Veritas. The meeting provided an opportunity to provide an update on Air quality compliance, including a summary of the recent Ministerial Direction to carry out a Targeted Feasibility Study along a portion of the A10 in Cheshunt and it’s subsequent findings. The meeting also provided the opportunity to discuss new and emerging strategies which may compliment the AQAP’s development.
Broxbourne Borough Council, alongside 10 other Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Local Authorities signed up to a new Air Pollution Alert System, delivered by environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy and Environment. The new Alert System was launched in March 2019 and could be extremely beneficial to members of the public who are interested in the air quality in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, particularly those with a respiratory condition, such as asthma or bronchitis.
The Air Pollution Alert System provides a free text, voicemail, or email alert straight to your mobile before moderate, high, or very high levels of air pollution are forecast. It is free to sign up for subscribers in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. To sign up and for further details, members of the public can visit: http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk/local-authority/knr-subscription