Local air quality management
The Councils' Public Health & Regulation Team has a key role in managing local air quality. The Team review and assess air quality against specific health based national objectives for seven key pollutants and are required to produce annual reports of air quality within Adur & Worthing.
Under the Environment Act 1995 every local authority must review present and likely future air quality within its area on an annual basis. Where air quality objectives (as set out in the Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000) are not being achieved, or are unlikely to be achieved within the relevant period, local authorities must designate Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). This applies only to those locations where members of the public might reasonably be exposed. An AQMA is a geographical area that is drawn up around a pollution hot spot. Once an area has been designated the local authority must carry out a further assessment and develop an Action Plan, describing what actions relevant agencies will be taking to try and comply with the relevant objective.
For more information see:
- Local air quality management - on the Defra section of the gov.uk website
- Environment Act 1995 - on the UK Legislation website
- Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000 - on the UK Legislation website
Council monitoring shows that levels at Lyons Farm and Grove Lodge continue to be elevated above the national annual mean objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) of 40µg/m3. A Further Assessment of air quality in and around the Grove Lodge AQMA, prepared by Sussex-air for the Council, confirmed that levels of NO2 are predicted to continue to exceed the annual average objective for NO2 in the area around Lyons Farm, Grove Lodge (A27) and Offington Corner (A27/A24 junction).
Consequently, following a period of consultation the existing Grove Lodge Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was extended. The 'Worthing Borough Council Air Quality Management Area No.2' came into force on 15th December 2014. The designated area incorporates:
- the eastern end of Crockhurst Hill from the eastern boundary of Durrington Cemetery towards Offington Corner Roundabout
- Offington Corner Roundabout
- Warren Road
- 1-3 Warren Farm Place
- 1 Links Road
- Hill Barn Lane
- 17 Mansfield Court Sanditon Way
- Grove Lodge Roundabout
- Grove Lodge
- 1-2 Grove Lodge Cottages
- 22-27 Lamorna Grove
- Upper Brighton Road leading onto the Sompting Bypass, up to and including the Downlands Retail Centre
- and Lyons Way
Following on from the completion of a Review and Assessment of Air Quality at the end of December 2000, we carried out an Updating and Screening Assessment (USA) of Air Quality in May 2003. The conclusions of this USA meant that a further Detailed Assessment (DA) of Air Quality was carried out on certain parts of the District.
This showed that the Air Quality Objective for nitrogen dioxide was likely to be breached in two areas of Adur - High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea and Old Shoreham Road, Southwick, in the vicinity of Kingston Lane. This resulted in two Air Quality Management Areas being declared in December 2005.
High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea AQMA:
Old Shoreham Road, Southwick AQMA:
Where an AQMA has been declared, the local authority must produce an Action Plan which sets out the options for working towards improving the air quality. We are updating our draft Plan which will set out how we intend to work towards reducing levels of nitrogen dioxide in the AQMA. As the elevated levels are primarily caused by traffic, we will be working with the Highways Agency (responsible for the A27) and West Sussex County Council (the other highway authority) to look at ways of reducing levels of nitrogen dioxide.
The Councils have published Air Quality Action Plans for both the Worthing and Shoreham Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA). The Action Plans set out measures devised to try and deliver improvements to air quality by reducing pollution emitted from vehicles and the amount of traffic passing through the AQMAs. The Plans includes actions specifically targeted at the AQMAs and measures that will affect the Districts as a whole. Some actions will involve Highways England, as the A27 is a trunk road under their jurisdiction, and West Sussex County Council who are responsible for all other roads in Adur and Worthing. Other actions will target reducing emissions from various sources across the two Districts that contribute towards the background pollution levels within the AQMAs. It is hoped these will also help to reduce pollution across the Districts.
The Action Plans and Reports can be found in the section below.
- Adur Annual Status Report 2016 (pending Defra ratification) (1,609KB)
- Worthing Annual Status Report 2016 (pending Defra ratification) (1,792KB)
- no reports available
- no reports available
- Sussex Air Quality Monitoring Network - Annual Report 2013 (748KB)
- Grove Lodge AQMA Further Assessment Modelling report (Sussex-air 2013) (4,139KB)
- Sussex Air Quality Monitoring Network - Annual Report 2012 (858KB)
- Worthing Updating & Screening Assessment 2012 (1,447KB)
We are always interested in the views of members of the community on how we can reduce levels of pollution.
You can submit your views by contacting the Public Health & Regulation Team and clearly stating 'Air Quality' using our on-line contact form:
Contact Public Health & Regulation
Public Health & Regulation,
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,