The quality of the air is closely linked to many other subjects such as energy, transport, land use, water quality and, of course, health. The air quality in Cheshire is good, with very low levels of most common pollutants. Potential sources of air pollution in Cheshire include energy production, industry, transport, as well as natural sources such as wetland and agriculture. The review and assessment of air quality carried out in Cheshire during 2000 has revealed no breach of the governments health based standards for air pollutants. Consequently none of the District Councils need to declare Air Quality Management areas to control pollution levels. These are areas designated as requiring action against poor standards of air quality.
However, there are specific areas for concern and certain issues such as traffic corridors. Heavily trafficked and congested roads were identified as being responsible for the highest levels of pollution and monitoring is being centred on the areas to quantify the problem. When schools are on holiday traffic movements during the peak hours fall and congestion is reduced. The consequence of this is that pollution levels are reduced. Emissions of pollutants from industrial sources continue to fall. Traffic emissions are also beginning to fall although not so dramatically.
Indoor air quality has not been addressed to the same extent as outdoor air quality and yet we generally spend more time indoors than outside. There are therefore potential impacts on our health as a result of elevated concentrations of pollutants, such as cigarette smoke and carbon monoxide, which are trapped inside our well insulated and draft free homes. Particularly vulnerable are the very young and elderley as they tend to be indoors for longer periods.
To support the UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy there is a suite of 68 national sustainable development indicators.
For information on national indicators, visit the governments sustainable development website
In an effort to put the UK’s progress in sustainable development into an international context, and to highlight worldwide trends and challenges, a set of international data has been compiled to complement the 68 national indicators of sustainable development.
For more information on international indicators visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Regional indicators for the Northwest
For each Government Office region a fact sheet has been produced.
The fact sheets include pie charts that summarise the progress in indicators within the priority areas of (a) sustainable consumption and production and natural resources, and (b) sustainable communities.
For more information on regional information visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Local Air Quality Management Areas
Each District Council measures air quality in their area to ensure that it does not exceed levels set by government. If they believe that particular areas may exceed these levels, an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) is declared and a plan of action for that area drawn up.
Indoor Air Quality Information (pdf document)
This leaflet provides householders with information about indoor air quality, the factors which can affect it, it’s effects and how to minimise them.
Ellesmere Port and Neston Air Quality Forum
A focus for the community and businesses of Ellesmere Port and Neston to consider air quality issues.
Manchester Area Airport Pollution Advisory Council
This group is established to monitor the air quality around Manchester Airport.
Local Friends of the Earth campaigns
Friends of the Earth are the largest international network of environmental groups in the world, represented in 68 countries. One of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK that operate numerous environmental campaigns, there are three groups local to Cheshire, South Cheshire FoE, Chester FoE and Mid Cheshire FoE.