Following a recent assessment of two air quality management areas in North Lincolnshire: Scunthorpe Town and Low Santon, North Lincolnshire Council has identified that significant improvements have been made.
The council previously declared these two air quality management areas (AQMAs) for breaches of Particulate Matter (PM) objectives. The pollutant and air quality objective areas for each area were as follows:
- Scunthorpe Town – PM10 daily mean
- Low Santon – PM10 annual mean
A comprehensive review of the latest data has shown that particulate levels within some areas of Scunthorpe Town air quality management area do not and will not breach the daily mean objective. And particulate levels within Low Santon air quality management area do not breach the annual mean objective.
The detailed assessment report recommends that the Low Santon air quality management area should be revoked and the Scunthorpe Town air quality management area should be reduced in size to remove 5,000 properties from within it. This report has been submitted to DEFRA.
These improvements have been achieved due to the council working with local industries to make changes. This is great news for people in North Lincolnshire as the air quality is now better, which has great benefits for their health and quality of life, and the local environment.
Details on air quality management in North Lincolnshire can be found at www.nlincsair.info.
Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Governance and Transformation, said:
We are continuing to work with local industries, health professionals and Environment Agency to reduce the levels of pollution in North Lincolnshire even further. Protecting peoples’ health and the environment is a top priority for us.
It is very positive that we are seeing improvements made in these two air quality management areas. Everyone involved has been dedicated to reducing air pollution.