Ashford Borough Council is a member of the Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership where data and information about air quality throughout Kent is pooled and shared.
The borough has a network of diffusion tubes. These are small plastic tubes that absorb pollutants, that are then sent to the laboratory for analysis. The results obtained are monthly averages. The council currently monitors at 16 locations for nitrogen dioxide using passive diffusion tubes.
You can view the historical data sets from these analysers at the KentAir website.
If you wish to view educational material relating to air quality please visit kentair.org.uk
What is the air quality like in Ashford borough?
As well as monitoring air quality the council has a statutory duty to periodically review and assess the air quality in the area. This involves comparing the measured and predicted pollutant levels to national air quality standards and objectives.
The most current annual progress report can be viewed below by clicking on the appropriate download. The report identifies that the air quality objectives for both particulates and nitrogen dioxide are being achieved. The most recent updating and screening assessment can also be downloaded, below:
- Air quality annual status report (ASR) 2016 [pdf] 1MB
- Air quality updating and screening assessment 2015 [pdf] 1246KB
- Ashford annual progress report 2014 [pdf] 2MB
- Air quality annual progress report 2011 [pdf] 769KB
- Air quality annual progress report 2010 [pdf] 1927KB
- Air quality updating and screening assessment 2009 [pdf] 516KB
- Find out more about Air quality standards and bandings
- Look at the Air quality forecast in UK
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