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We monitor air quality in Fylde and assess the results against the National Air Quality Objectives.
Every three years we produce a full review and assessment report, submitting progress reports in between. We look at current air quality and how changes to industry or transport may impact on the quality of air locally. This is assessed by DEFRA who advise on any further work required.
If pollution reaches a certain level then we would need to declare an air quality management area. However, at the moment there are no Air Quality Management Areas in Fylde.
The major pollutant is nitrogen dioxide from road traffic. We have carried out regular monitoring of nitrogen dioxide levels at a number of locations across Fylde for many years, using passive detectors. In 2017 following a review of the monitoring we increased the number of points from 5 to 15. The locations of these can be seen on the map. Nitrogen dioxide is a gas emitted mainly by road traffic, and is one of the pollutants most likely to affect Fylde.
We try to ensure that substantial new development does not adversely affect air quality in the borough. We ask for air quality assessments as part of an Environmental Impact Assessment associated with the planning application.