Air quality management

Air quality reports

Each year we send a report to government about the air quality within the borough.

2021

This report is based on data gathered for the 2020 calendar year. Monitoring showed a decreasing trend but a number of areas had levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (N02) above the annual mean objective level, this is mainly caused by road traffic. There were 3 areas in Newcastle that would remain Air Quality Management Areas, whilst it is proposed to revoke 1 Air Quality Management Area at Little Madeley as this has been complaint for the previous five years.

This report is currently awaiting formal appraisal by DEFRA. We will publish their appraisal letter and our response in due course.

We hope to formally consult on the revocation of the Little Madeley AQMA over Summer 2022 and will submit a report for consideration by the Council’s Public Protection Committee in Autumn 2022, prior to submission for approval to DEFRA, as required by law.

We have also provided a public summary of this report.
    

Download the 2021 report and summary

2020

This report is based on data gathered for the 2019 calendar year. Monitoring showed a decreasing trend but a number of areas had levels of N02 above the annual mean objective level. There were 4 areas in Newcastle town that would remain Air Quality Management Areas.

Members asked about the impact of Covid-19 which had seen reduced traffic levels. The Head of Environmental Health said it was assumed that levels would return to their pre Covid-19 level as seen in other areas of the country.
    

Download the 2020 report

2019

This report is based on data gathered for the 2018 calendar year. It identifies improvements in the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide. However there are still areas which exceed the annual mean objective and we will maintain the AQMAs. Progress on delivery of Air Quality Action Plan measures is also detailed.

The appendices include details of monitoring data for monitoring undertaken across the borough during the 2019 calendar year.
    

Download the 2019 report

2018

This report is based on data gathered for the 2017 calendar year. It identifies improvements in the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide. However there are still areas which exceed the annual mean objective and we will maintain the AQMAs.

The appendices include details of monitoring data for monitoring undertaken across the borough during the 2018 calendar year.
     

Download the 2018 report

2017

This report is based on data gathered for the 2016 calendar year. It identifies improvements in the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide. However there are still areas which exceed the annual mean objective and we will maintain the AQMAs.
     

Download the 2017 report

2016

This report is based on data gathered for the 2015 calendar year. It identifies improvements in the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide. However there are still areas which exceed the annual mean objective and we will maintain the AQMAs. The report also discusses for the first time the level of PM2.5 and the impact on health.
     

Download the 2016 report

2015

This report is based on data gathered for the 2014 calendar year. It identifies exceedances of the Nitrogen Dioxide annual mean objective within the declared Air Quality Management Areas.
     

Download the 2015 report

2014

This report confirms that there are higher levels of nitrogen dioxide than the annual mean in four areas of the borough. These are: Madeley (M6 motorway), Kidsgrove (A50 - Liverpool Road), Newcastle Town Centre (A34 Northbound - London Road); Newcastle Town Centre (A53 - King Street), Porthill (A527).
     

Download the 2014 report

2013

Combined detail report and further assessment

A combined detailed assessment with further assessment was carried out based on results from 2012 to determine the AQMA boundaries.

This report confirms that there are higher levels of nitrogen dioxide than the annual mean in four areas of the borough. These are: Madeley (M6 motorway) Kidsgrove (A50 - Liverpool Road) Newcastle Town Centre (A34 Northbound - London Road); Newcastle Town Centre (A53 - King Street), Porthill (A527).
     

Download the 2013 combined detail report

Progress report

The report identified five geographical areas where the annual mean objective of nitrogen dioxide was exceeded. These are: Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre, Kidsgrove and Porthill. These areas were considered in the 2013 Combined Detailed and Further Assessment to determine the AQMA boundaries.
     

Download the 2013 progress report