Local air quality management

We are committed to improving the quality of the air in the borough, through our local air quality management programme. 

Air Pollution is any chemical, or other material in the air which detracts from its quality. This could be smoke, soot particles, odours or chemicals such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Many activities cause air pollution, however there are a number of human activities which cause air pollution including industry and agriculture, transport, domestic heating and garden bonfires.

The UK Air Quality Strategy gives an overview of how the Government intends to tackle air pollution at a national and local level. It defines a way forward aimed at improving air quality, and sets out air quality objectives for eight key pollutants. 

  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
  • Particulates (PM10)
  • Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Lead
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Ozone

The air quality standards and objectives are concentrations of pollutants over a given time period, that are considered to be acceptable in the light of what is scientifically known about the effects of each pollutant on health and on the environment.

The main pollutant of concern within Cheshire East is Nitrogen Dioxide as a result of emissions from road traffic. Whilst in the majority of areas, levels of nitrogen dioxide are below the air quality objectives, there are a number of areas where levels are of concern either because they are already exceeding the objectives, or are approaching the objectives and continue to rise.

Latest news

  • Cranage AQMA revoked 1st June 2018

Air quality action planning

Following the declaration of an Air Quality Management Area Section 84 (2) of the Environment Act 1995 requires that a Local Authority draw up an Action Plan to identify the methods by which it intends to address air quality issues.

The current Action Plan for Cheshire East has been published and is downloadable below. Due to declaring five new AQMA's last year we are currently in the process of revising our Action Plan, which will be published later this year.

Air quality strategy

The aims of an Air Quality Strategy are to support the achievement of the air quality objectives and to raise air quality as an issue for consideration within a wide range of local government and regional planning frameworks. This is important, as whilst working towards achievement of the air quality objectives will help reduce the risk of the most serious health effects related to pollution, there are advantages to be gained from the continual improvement of local air quality conditions.

We are in the process of updating our Air Quality Strategy and the approved version will appear here shortly. However the current Strategy can be found below: 

Low emission strategy

We are currently in the process implementing a Low Emission Strategy for the borough and the final version will appear here shortly.