Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA)
Since December 1997 every council in the UK has been carrying out a review and assessment of air quality in their area.
This involves measuring air pollution and trying to predict how it will change in the next few years.
The aim of the review is to make sure that the national air quality objectives will be achieved throughout the UK by the relevant deadlines. These have been put in place to protect people's health and the environment.
If a council finds any areas where they are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area there. This area could be just one or two streets, or it could be much bigger.
Then the council will put together a plan to improve the air quality - a Local Air Quality Action Plan.
Southend has one AQMA – at The Bell junction.
Air Quality Action Plan “which has been formally adopted by The Council and approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)”.
Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR) 2017 “Accepted by DEFRA”
Air Quality Annual Status Report (ASR) 2018 “Accepted by DEFRA”