Air quality and pollution

These pages provide information on air quality in Brighton & Hove.  The latest reports on the state of air quality in the city can be downloaded at: Air quality management in the city and Air quality reports from previous years.

The council has a legal duty to assess airborne pollution in the city (as stated in Part IV of the Environment Act 1995). Air quality duties are dealt with by Environmental Health and Licencing and have strong links with health, city policies and transport planning. You can read a summary of local health issues relating to air quality in Section 6.4.9 of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (PDF 103kb).

The council is working towards achieving standards included in the banding and objectives set out in the Air Quality Strategy for England. Nitrogen dioxide concentrations continue to exceed EU and English standards within several metres of certain roads; a common problem for many local authorities in England and Wales.

The most constant contributor to poorer air quality in Brighton & Hove is emissions from diesel engines in confined spaces. From time to time long range pollutants can be significant for short periods. Brighton & Hove has one of the highest population densities in England. The city does not have any substantial combustion plants or power stations and industrial emissions are not significant polluters in the local area. The travel and heating choices people make are important for local air quality and health especially for the very young and old. The Environmental Protection Team has set out best practice guidance for smaller scale solid fuel burning outlined at Smoke control areas and the Clean Air Act. Information is also available on Bonfires and smoke.

Further information

Find out what you can do to help improve air quality.

Schools and parents can access air awareness education projects.

The council carries out regular radiation monitoring as part of a regional network.

You can sign up to Air Alerts to let you know when poorer air is predicted across the region. Further information and advice is available at the Sussex Air website.

Contact us

Your can contact the Environmental Protection Team by telephone (01273) 292929 or email ehl.pollution@brighton-hove.gov.uk