Monitoring air quality


Monitoring air quality

All local authorities have a duty to review and assess air quality in their districts in order to establish if Air Quality Objectives are being, or are likely to be, exceeded.

Details of the Air Quality Objectives are available from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 

DEFRA also provide us with the guidance to carry out our duties and requires us to produce and publish an Air Quality Report  that provides an overview of air quality in the district.

In our district, we are concerned with the two main pollutants resulting largely from vehicle emissions. These are nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) and particulate  matter (PM10).

Rother currently monitors NO2 on a monthly basis at 18 sites across the district, using passive diffusion tubes. A continuous automatic  monitor is also located at De La Warr Road, Bexhill, measuring  NO2  and PM10  particulates. A second automatic monitor is located at Rye Harbour, measuring ozone. Details of these monitoring locations can be found in the Air Quality Reports.

Air Quality Reports

Further information about air quality in Rother can be found in our two most recent Air Quality Reports:

To see how we compare to the rest of Sussex you may be interested in the pdf icon Sussex Air Quality Report 2016 [562kb].

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