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Air Quality

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Importance of air quality and its significance

Dudley’s air quality has improved dramatically since the 1950s when ‘clean air’ legislation was introduced to prevent air pollution episodes created by heavy industry and from the burning of coal. However, air pollution is still an issue today and poor air quality can affect health and everyday quality of life.

Nowadays the main sources of pollution in Dudley are emissions from road transport (including lorries, buses and cars). Petrol and diesel motor vehicles emit a wide variety of pollutants, principally carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulates (PM10), which have an increasing impact on urban air quality. High levels of pollution tend to be associated with busy main roads and junctions.

Monitoring Air Quality

Dudley Council has been monitoring and improving urban air quality since the introduction of the Environment Act (1995) and has instigated a number of projects to reduce pollution and protect residents and visitors to the area.  The Council has its own ‘Air Quality Action Plan’  which can be viewed by following the link to the left of this page.

To see today's air pollution view the UK National Air Quality website

Daily Air Quality Report

Brierley Hill Rose Air Quality Monitoring Station

Daily Air Quality Report

As part of its duty to monitor the quality of the air in the borough, the council continuously monitors, and records the levels of a range of common pollutants at its automatic monitoring stations, and produces a Daily Air Quality Report.

New Funding to Encourage Plug-In Car Use (UK)

The next phase of support for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home has been announced by the Government.
In February 2013 the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) launched a £13.5 million grant subsidy scheme for householders wishing to install technology to recharge ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) at home. The original funding for domestic chargepoints has now been fully allocated and, to ensure continued support for both consumers and the industry, a new grant scheme is to be put in place. Under the new scheme £9 million will be made available to any ULEV owner and also drivers with regular access to one for work who are having a chargepoint installed at their home. The scheme will provide up to 75% of the total cost of the chargepoint and installation, up to a maximum of £900.
The new domestic chargepoint scheme will come into effect on 1 September 2014 and will run until 31 March 2015, or until the scheme budget has been exhausted.

Review and Assessment

Since 1997 local authorities in the UK have been carrying out Air Quality Review And Assessment of air quality in their area. The aim of the review is to make sure that the national air quality objectives will be achieved. If a local authority finds any locations where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). 

Advice or complaints about Air Quality

Please use our online form to request advice or make a complaint

Air Pollution, Smoke, Fumes, Dust, Odour Complaints and Requests for Advice (Including Bonfires and Smoke from Chimneys).

Related Documents

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345