Air Quality

Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, Redcar and Cleveland Council has a statutory duty to monitor and report Local Air Quality Management to Defra. This is so that the government can demonstrate compliance with EU Directive 2008/50/EC; this directive sets out the EU limit values with the allowed number of exceedances for each air pollutant for each year.

The latest measurement of air pollution across the whole of the UK can be viewed at the following link: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/

Redcar and Clevelands specific air pollutant data obtained from our static monitoring station in Redcar Dormanstown can be viewed via the following web link: http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk/local-authority/?la_id=279

Air quality has been proven to have a demonstrable effect on public health. Air pollutants such as particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have been extensively proven to have an adverse effect on the public specifically affecting the cardiopulmonary system. There is still a lot of research going into the effects of these air pollutants to the body however it is already known that the effect is negative.

The UK monitors its air pollution using the scales: Low, Moderate, High and Very High. The UK also uses a monitoring index from 1 10, further information can be found in the table below:

Recommended Actions and Health Advice

Air Pollution Banding Value Accompanying Health Messages For At-Risk Groups & The General Population
At-risk individuals* General Population
Low 1-3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities Enjoy your usual outdoor activities
Moderate 4-6 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors. Enjoy your usual outdoor activities
High 7-9 Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.
Very High 10 Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Reduce phyical exertion, particularly outdoor, especially if you experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.


* Adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition. It is possible that very sensitive individuals may experience health effects even on Low air pollution days. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance provided below.

Redcar and Cleveland Council have both automatic and non-automatic methods of measuring air pollution. The automatic methods of measuring air pollution are carried out at the static Dormanstown site; the pollutants that are monitored here are nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone and particulate matter 10 (PM10). These pollutants are measured using sophisticated techniques.

Non-automatic diffusion tube monitoring has been set up in July 2014 across a wide area of the borough to provide a good spatial coverage of the pollutant. Nitrogen dioxide is an air pollutant that is released to the atmosphere from emissions from motor vehicles and some industrial sources.

The council is working jointly with the charity Sustrans and the Get moving Redcar and Cleveland initiative and have installed diffusion tubes along some of the boroughs cycle paths to help deliver the message that cycling helps to reduce air pollution and provides an alternative healthier, cleaner and cheaper journey.

More information about Sustrans can be accessed by following the link to their website: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

2014 Air Quality Reports

The following documents are provided under the terms of Part IV of the Environment Act 1995

 icon Redcar and Cleveland Progress Report 2014.pdf (1.09Mb)
Last modified: 11/08/2014 14:42:38

 icon Tees Valley Annual Report 2014.pdf (1.41Mb)
Last modified: 11/08/2014 14:45:55

 icon NOx Diffusion Tube Report 2014.pdf (1.07Mb)
Last modified: 20/08/2014 14:51:39


Previous Air Quality Reports (2005 - 2013)

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