Air quality

We have a duty to review and asses air quality periodically, reporting our findings in an Annual Status Report (ASR).

Redcar and Cleveland Council has a statutory duty to carry out a periodic review and assessment of air quality, reporting our findings in an Annual Status Report (ASR).  

The government sets out health-based 'objective' levels relating to common pollutants, these levels have consistently been achieved across the borough.

Therefore, we have no requirement to declare any Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) where air quality is poor.

Air pollution and health effects

Poor air quality is a significant public health concern, especially for the young, the elderly and people with existing respiratory and heart conditions.

Health reports can be viewed at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/comeap-reports

Sources of pollution and measures to tackle these

Pollutants in the air we breathe come from many different sources including vehicles, industry, heating systems and natural sources. Some pollutants, such as those caused by diesel fumes, have no known safe limits.

So our approach to improving air quality is to reduce emissions as far as is possible and practicable.

Air quality monitoring

Air quality monitoring is undertaken at a static site in Redcar where concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone and particulates are measured on a minute-by-minute basis and compared with health-based standards.

Our dedicated air quality website provides specific data about air quality in the borough, see: http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk/local-authority/?la_id=279

Nitrogen dioxide monitoring is additionally carried out at various sample sites across the borough since 2014 using diffusion tubes. Local data can be seen within our Annual Status report below.

For further information about Air pollution for the whole of the UK see: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/latest/

Public Health South Tees is currently consulting on a draft South Tees clean air strategy. The strategy explains how air quality will be monitored in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland, as well as how the two councils will raise awareness of air quality issues.

Take part in the consultation https://redcarcleveland.uk.engagementhq.com/clean-air-strategy

Vehicle Pollution

A major cause of poor air quality is vehicle exhaust emissions. All vehicles are required to meet exhaust emission standards, which are set out under the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 2002.

Reporting a smoky bus or lorry

You can report a smoky bus or lorry to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) using the link below to their on-line form: https://www.gov.uk/report-smoky-vehicle

You will need to tell them:

  • The registration number of the vehicle
  • The type of vehicle
  • The date, time and place where you saw the vehicle
  • The name of the vehicle operator

Contact information

If you would like further information please contact the Environmental Protection Team:

Telephone: (01642) 774774

Email: env.protection@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Our service hours are Monday to Thursday 09:00 till 17:00, and Friday 09:00 till 16:30.