We have a responsibility to review and assess the current and likely future air quality in the Runnymede area on a yearly basis.
How air quality is assessed
Air quality is assessed against objectives for pollutants set out in the National Air Quality Strategy that are known to impact negatively on human health and the environment.
We measure air quality in the borough using a series of diffusion tubes which are replaced and sent for analysis on a monthly basis. The tubes are used to monitor the nitrogen dioxide levels in the air. The main source of nitrogen dioxide pollution is from road transport.
Air quality management areas
Where we find that air quality for a particular pollutant is unlikely to be met, in an area where there is relevant public exposure, we must designate this as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and produce a remedial action plan.
We have two AQMAs declared in our area:
- Along the full length of the M25 within the borough including an extended area at Egham
- Addlestone Town Centre.
Air Quality plans and reports