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Air pollution can have a significant effect on health and the environment. For this reason local authorities have a legal responsibility to assess and work towards improving air quality in their areas and to meet health based objectives set by the government.

Whilst air quality within the borough of Wyre is generally good, there are small areas within the borough which have at times experienced periods of poor air quality due to high volumes of slow moving traffic within narrow built up streets. Where the potential for poor air quality has been identified, the council has installed monitoring stations and has used the results from these locations to determine compliance with the National Air Quality Objective for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).  This monitoring led to the declaration of an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), within Chapel Street, Poulton in August 2009, together with the adoption of a action plan in December 2011 setting out how the council would work towards improving the situation. 

Details of the Chapel Street AQMA, together with the council's progress in implementing its action plan; and the results of the 2015 monitoring programme, can be found within the 2016 air quality Annual Status Report (ASR). In summary however, the 2015 results indictate a reduction in the annual mean NO2 concentration at all of the council's monitoring sites, and provide the third consecutive year in which the annual mean NO2concentration has remained below the national objective within the Chapel Street AQMA. 

The next review of the council's position with air quality will follow the release of the 2016 monitoring results and will be published within the 2017 Annual Status Report (June 2017). 

Previous monitoring results and actions taken by the council

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