Draft Adur Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) Consultation

Air quality is fundamental to our health and wellbeing

There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the air we breathe. As a Council we are committed to doing all that we can to make our area a cleaner, safer and healthier place to live, work and visit.

The draft Air Quality Action Plan for Adur (dated November 2022) sets out a range of measures intended to improve air quality and we are keen to hear your views.

You can read the draft Air Quality Action Plan here:

You can have your say on the document further down this page (after the "background" section).


Where the Council determines that health-based air quality objectives are not met the Council has a statutory duty to declare Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) and draw up Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) to improve air quality in the District.

Two AQMAs were declared in Adur in 2005 for non-compliance with legal limits of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2); which is associated with respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis - Shoreham High Street (A259) and Old Shoreham Road in Southwick. This was followed by our first AQAP in 2007.  For more information see: Air Quality Management Areas

Adur has changed significantly since. Air quality is generally improving, particularly with respect to Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and steps are now being taken to revoke the AQMA in Southwick, following many years of compliance with legal limits. Whilst air quality in our area is within legal limits, there are, however, areas affected by elevated levels of air pollution, particularly the AQMA in Shoreham.

This new Action Plan, the first since 2007, has been devised in partnership with West Sussex County Council and outlines the measures we aim to deliver between 2023 and 2027.

Measures are targeted towards the predominant sources of emissions within the District, especially where these affect air quality in the Shoreham High Street AQMA.

Progress on measures set out within this plan will be reported within the Council's Annual Status Reports, and the AQAP will be updated in 2027.

Have your say…

Your views are important to us and the feedback you give us will help us to finalise our plan.

This consultation closes at midnight on Sunday 5th March 2023.

First - please read the draft Air Quality Action Plan here:

Then, please share your views by completing the survey below:

Photo: The roundabout at the junction of High Street and the Norfolk Bridge in Shoreham (A259)

PR23-005 - The roundabout at the junction of High Street and the Norfolk Bridge in Shoreham (A259)

Photo: High Street, Shoreham (A259)

PR23-005 - High Street, Shoreham (A259)

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Page last updated: 23 January 2023

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