Air quality management and monitoring

Information on how we monitor and model air pollutant levels to assess current and future air quality in the district

North Devon Council monitors and models air pollutant levels to assess current and future air quality.

National Air Quality Strategy

The National Air Quality Strategy aims to protect people's health and the environment. It describes government plans to improve and protect ambient air quality and the measures that will help to deliver cleaner air quickly. Find out more about the National Air Quality Strategy on the Defra website.

Our role in the strategy is to make a judgement on whether the air quality objectives are likely to be met. Where objectives are not likely to be met, we are required to designate an air quality management area (AQMA) at the relevant locations.

Air quality management areas - AQMA

We have one AQMA in North Devon:

Local air quality monitoring

Our air quality monitoring sites are:

  1. Pilton Causeway, Barnstaple
  2. Rolle Street 1, Barnstaple
  3. Rolle Street 2, Barnstaple
  4. Lower Sticklepath Roundabout, Barnstaple
  5. Sticklepath School, Barnstaple
  6. Cedars Roundabout, Barnstaple
  7. Newport Road, Barnstaple
  8. South Street, Newport, Barnstaple
  9. Castle Street, Barnstaple
  10. Alexandra Road, Barnstaple
  11. Belle Meadow Road, Barnstaple
  12. The Square, Braunton
  13. The London Inn, Braunton
  14. Church Street, Ilfracombe
  15. High Street, Ilfracombe
  16. Broad Street, South Molton

Screening assessments, progress reports and assessments submitted and accepted by DEFRA