AIR QUALITY at Westhampnett Road will be monitored by Chichester District Council, now that an air quality monitoring station has been installed in the area, prompted by residents’ feedback.
The station monitors the level of nitrogen dioxide pollution to ensure that national air quality standards are met. These are a set of standards local authorities must aim to meet in order to protect people’s health and the environment.
If an area is found to be exceeding the standards, an air quality management area must be declared. This then requires the local authority to produce an air quality action plan which lists the measures to be taken to reduce air pollution in order to meet the requirements of the standards.
“Clean air and low levels of pollution are a key priority for the council, and installing a new air quality monitoring station is just one of the steps we are taking to protect our district’s environment,” said Cllr John Connor, cabinet member for the environment at the district council.
“To ensure we can get an accurate picture, we will need to monitor for a number of years. This is because a number of factors can affect the readings taken at the station, for example, wind direction and wind speed.
“After this, we will review the data and if needed, put into action any measures necessary.”