Air quality consultation

Air quality consultation

Chesterfield Borough Council has a statutory duty to monitor and assess levels of air pollution across the Borough. The data collected is compared to national standards (national air quality objectives). If an Air Quality Objective is exceeded, we are required are declare an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ (AQMA).

Most of the monitoring we carry out is adjacent roads, particularly where houses are close to the road edge. Air quality in Chesterfield is generally ok and it is noted that there are several ‘hot spots’ where traffic is congested and this can lead to higher levels of pollution – although the pollution levels are generally improving as vehicles/vehicle engines become more efficient and vehicle manufacturers use ‘cleaner technologies’.

In 2015, the Council declared an AQMA at Church Street, Brimington as the air pollution in that location exceeded the national air quality objectives for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).

Where there is a breach of the national air quality objective and an AQMA is declared the local authority must put in place an ‘Air Quality Action Plan’ (AQAP)

We are required to consult on our draft AQAP. This plan sets out our priorities for the next five years, for improving areas of poor air quality and maintaining areas of good air quality.

The plan's proposed actions fall into three main categories:

  • Reducing local traffic emissions as quickly as possible.
  • Maintaining levels of pollutants below national objectives.
  • Protecting public health by improving air quality in the future.

We want to know what you think of the draft actions in the outline plan.

Before you complete the online survey you might want to read the supporting consultation documents.

There is also a lot of information about air quality on our webpages.


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The survey is open until 1 March 2020.


If you have any questions you can email the Enviromental Protection team at

Last updated on 07 February 2020