Air quality review and assessment

The Environmental Management team monitors district wide air quality and produces documents reporting measured statistics, monitoring results, costs and benefit analysis and strategies, which are sent to Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This process is known as Local Air Quality Management (LAQM).

All the air quality reports are available on-line as PDF files or by contacting the Air Quality Team.

Air Quality Action Plan

An Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) is a statutory requirement where Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) have been declared. Chichester District Council has declared three AQMAs for parts of Orchard Street, St Pancras and Stockbridge A27 roundabout junction. All are declared for failure of a UK government air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide.

The AQAP has been written in partnership with WSCC transport planners and lists our intended joint actions to improve air quality through the AAQMs and across the district.

Annual Status Report

An Annual Status Report is a statutory obligation on Chichester District Council. The report provides a summary of Chichester District Council's air quality monitoring data and actions undertaken under Chichester District Council's Air Quality Action Plan. The report is submitted annually to DEFRA for their approval. Note: the reports include data for the year before their date, real-time data is available at the Sussex-air website.

Progress reports

An Air Quality Progress Report is produced in the intervening years between the release of an Updating and Screening Assessment. The report is a summary of the real time and passive air quality devices used to monitor air quality in the district. The objective of the Progress Report is to provide continuity in the LAQM process.

Updating and Screening Assessment (USA)

The Updating and Screening Assessment is compiled once every three years. The report identifies the matters that have changed since the last Review and Assessment, which might lead to a risk of an air quality objective being exceeded.

It is approached using a checklist to identify significant changes that require further consideration. Where such changes are identified, we apply simple screening tools to decide whether there is sufficient risk of an exceedance of an objective to justify a detailed assessment.

The assessment covers new monitoring data, new objectives, new sources or significant changes to existing sources either locally or in neighbouring authorities and other local changes that may affect air quality.