Information on how the council monitors air quality, air quality in the local area, sources of air pollution and effects on health, pollen monitoring, controlling air pollution from businesses, and air quality assessments for planning applications.
Please read more about smells, odours and dust or smoke, fires and bonfires for more information.
Yes, we monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide (NOx), which is a key pollutant from vehicle exhausts. We use a network of around 80 diffusion tubes, which are small plastic tubes that can be attached to lamposts and road signs, and are collected and changed over once a month. The locations and results are presented in our most recent progress report, and are reviewed periodically.
In addition to the NOx tube surveys, we have previously used permanent monitoring stations located in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, and Preston, to provide more detailed information on air quality in our area.
Yes, we produce periodic reports on local air quality based on our monitoring data. The following reports are available:
2016 Air Quality Annual Status Report (DRAFT) (pdf 5.5mb opens in new window)
Air Quality Update and Screening Assessment 2015 (pdf 1.39mb opens in new window)
Diffusion Tube - Summary of NOx results 2009-2014 (pdf 75kb opens in new window)
Air Quality Update and Screening Assessment 2012 (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
Air Quality Progress Report 2011 (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
We published Stage 1 of the first round of review and assessment in March 1999, followed by a combined Stage 2 and 3 assessment published in April 2001. These documents set out the origins of local air quality management in the East Riding.
Stage 1 Air Quality Review and Assessment (pdf 776kb opens in new window)
Stage 2 and 3 Air Quality Review and Assessment (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
For further information about air quality monitoring, including historic data, please contact the environmental control team:
Tel: (01482) 396301
You can also find information on current air pollution forecasts for the local area on the Defra website.
Many of the processes involved in industry, power generation, transportation, and domestic activities produce air pollution, as do natural events such as volcanic eruptions and decomposing organic matter. A major contributor to air pollution in the UK is from traffic emissions, particularly in urban areas. The following list shows key air pollutants in the UK and the estimated contribution from different sources.
The quality of the air we breathe is affected when there are impurities in the air such as oxides of sulphur and nitrogen or carbon monoxide or fine particles. These can cause an irritation of the air passages resulting in increased secretions and narrowing them, which makes it difficult to get enough air into our lungs.
The most vulnerable people to air pollution are those who are already suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma, and heart disease. It is of course advisable to avoid smoky environments where the air quality is obviously poor. It is also advisable to ensure adequate ventilation and protection when working in dusty conditions or with chemicals.
If you suffer from a respiratory disease it is possible that air pollution may be a contributory factor. Your doctor will be able to advise you on that and also advise whether poor air quality is continuing to have an adverse effect.
Read more about health effects of air pollution on the Defra website.
Yes, we monitor grass pollen levels during the grass pollen season (typically late May to early August) each year, from a monitoring location in Beverley. The results are sent to the Met Office, where they are analysed and combined with monitoring results from across the country to produce national forecasts.
Read more about pollen forecasts on the Met Office website.
For further information about pollen monitoring, including historical records, please contact the environmental control team:
Tel: (01482) 396301
We issue environmental permits to certain types of businesses that might have an impact on air quality. The permits contain conditions that the operator has to comply with, including emission limits. We routinely inspect these businesses to make sure they are complying with the permit conditions.
You can find out more information on the Environmental Permitting page.
A list of the current businesses that have an environmental permit from the council can be found on the Environmental Permits - Public Register page.
Most individual planning applications are for development which is unlikely to have a significant impact on local air quality. However some larger schemes may either be introducing new sources of air pollution, such as a new road or industry, or introducing sensitive uses in an area with poor air quality, and you are advised to seek specialist advice from an air quality consultant in these cases.
Read more about finding an environmental consultant on the ENDS directory website.
If your planning application includes proposals for a biomass boiler or combined heat and power system, please complete and submit one of the following forms to the planning department with your application:
Planning biomass boiler information request form (word 116kb opens in new window)
Planning combined heat and power information request form (word 119kb opens in new window)
The National Planning Policy Framework requires planning policies to comply and contribute towards achieving EU limit values or national objectives for air pollution, taking into account the presence of Air Quality Management Areas and the cumulative impacts on air quality from individual sites in local areas.
Read more about the National Planning Policy Framework on the GOV.UK website.
There is National Planning Practice Guidance on air quality available on the National Planning Practice Guidance website.
Environmental Protection UK and the Institute of Air Quality Management have also produced useful guidance on air pollution and planning, which is available on the EPUK website.