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Air Quality

This page relates to the quality of the air in Teignbridge

Air Quality Updates

  • Air Quality Action Plan 2010
  • Updating and Screening Assessment 2009 
  • Following a period of public consultation we have declared the extension to the boundary of the existing Newton Abbot Town Centre AQMA No 1.  This now includes:

    Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot

    Newton Road, Kingsteignton

    Gestridge Road, Kingsteignton

Introduction to Air Pollution

Air pollution occurs when a substance is present in the air in quantities that can have adverse effects on peoples health and on the surrounding environment.

Under the Environment Act 1995 all Local Authorities are required to assess the air quality against a set of national targets (objectives) for seven key pollutants.  The seven pollutants are carbon monoxide, benzene, 1,3-butadiene, lead, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and fine particles (PM10).  The air quality assessments have to be carried out every three years and the areas where it is predicted that the health based objectives will not be met, must be declared as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

Teignbridge has designated four Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) as a result of the air quality exceeding the objectives at residential receptors on some roads within the district.  The AQMAs were declared in November 2005 in the towns of Newton Abbot, Kingskerswell, Teignmouth and Dawlish.  The boundaries of the AQMAs can be viewed by clicking on them individually located in the download section.

Teignbridge has produced an Air Quality Action Plan setting out measures to be introduced to improve air quality in the affected areas. The document has been accepted and approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and has just been subject to consultation.  The action plan will be presented at the Executive on the 14th June 2010 for final approval.

In 2012 we made a successful bid to Defra for grant funding towards capital expenditure on projects in connection with air quality management. This has enabled us to successfully deliver two of the measures contained in the Council's Air Quality Action Plan, specifically a Freight Consolidation Study and a Bus Emissions study (see attached). Also because we delivered these studies well within the budget available, we are currently negotiating with Defra to spend the residual moneys on further projects.

Teignbridge District Council has an established programme of continuous air quality monitoring which can be viewed at: Teignbridge Air Quality Data

Previous Air Quality Reports

  • Combined Detailed Assessment and Progress Report 2008
  • Updating and Screening Assessment 2006
  • Further Assessment 2006
  • Supplementary Detailed Assessment Report for Fugitive PM10 Emissions 2005
  • Progress Report 2005
  • Detailed Assessment Report 2004
  • Updating and Screening Assessment 2003
  • Air Quality Review Second and Third Stage 2000
  • Air Quality Review First Stage 1999