Air pollution

Sefton council has a statutory duty to undertake regular review and assessments of air quality across the borough to determine whether or not objectives set by the Government in the National Air Quality strategy will be complied with.

If objectives are not complied with, the Council must declare the area an Air Quality Management Area, and develop an action plan to work towards achieving compliance.

How is it monitored?

The council monitors air pollution using a variety of techniques including real-time monitors to support the review and assessment process and provide information on current pollution levels and warnings of pollution episodes. There are five real-time monitoring stations:

  • St Joan of Arc station measures: oxides of nitrogen and fine particles (PM10)
  • Crosby Road North station measures: oxides of nitrogen and fine particles (PM10)
  • Millers Bridge station measures fine particles (PM10) and oxides of nitrogen
  • Princess Way station measures oxides of nitrogen and fine particles (PM10)
  • Hawthorne Road and Church Road junction measures oxides of nitrogen

There are around 100 diffusion tubes borough wide measuring oxides of nitrogen and providing monthly average figures.

Under the Clean Air Act certain districts within Sefton have been declared Smoke Control Areas. Within these areas there is a restriction on the types of fuel that may be burnt. This restriction only applies to the smoke produced from chimneys and does not apply to bonfires.

To find out if you are in a Smoke Control Area, please use the address search or alternatively you can use Sefton maps. To report an issue with smoke from another property, please contact us.

View the air pollution data online by clicking on this link.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Local authorities have been asked by the Government to measure and report on all of their greenhouse gas emissions; this is part of the government’s response to the UK Climate Change Act 2008.

Using guidance from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), this report measures all greenhouse gas emissions from council buildings (including schools) and transport, including staff business travel.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (pdf 95KB)

Last Updated on 15 January 2018