Guildford air quality management areas

Guildford BC AQMA Order (No.1) 2018 came into effect on 1 February 2018 and covers a small section of B3000 The Street, Compton. We invited comments on our draft Air Quality Action Plan during a consultation, which ended on 13 April.

As a local council, we have a duty to monitor air quality in the borough, as set out by the Environment Act 1995, European Union Directives and the UK's Air Quality Strategy. If air quality in the borough does not meet the national standard, we will draw up an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draft an action plan to improve the air quality in that area.

Generally, the air quality in our borough is good. However, recent monitoring has found that the average annual level of a pollutant, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in The Street, Compton is higher than the government's national objective (see our Air quality monitoring page to find out more about the NO2 monitoring process and effects of air pollution on health).

AQMA The Street, Compton

We have one AQMA, referred to as Guildford BC AQMA Order (No.1) 2018. The order came in to effect on 1 February 2018 following the Executive's approval on 28 November 2017. View the Executive decision and documents online.

View a copy of the icon AQMA Order and site plan [73.89KB] showing the AQMA boundary.

The AQMA order has been issued because NO2 levels are exceeding the annual mean objective within the AQMA boundary.

Where an AQMA has been declared, the local authority must produce an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), which sets out the options for working towards improving the air quality. We have published a icon draft AQAP [1.46MB] and carried out a consultation on this action plan.

Consultation on draft Air Quality Action Plan

Purpose of consultation

On 28 November 2017, the Executive decision approved the declaration of the first AQMA in Guildford.

icon Draft Air Quality Action Plan [1.46MB] has been produced outlining a number of measures likely to improve air quality in the area. We asked residents, visitors and businesses to give their views on the measures proposed.

Compton Air Quality Management Area map

The icon Compton AQMA map [1.19MB] shows the area covered by the Guildford AQMA Order No.1 along The Street, Compton, B3000. We have recorded exceedances of annual mean, Air Quality Objective (AQO) for NO2 within the AQMA since 2014 (please see the Air Quality Annual Reports on our Air Quality Monitoring page). The road traffic emissions are the source of NO2 in the area.

Compton Air Quality Action Plan

The following options were identified in the draft AQAP, indicating that options 1 and 2 combined were likely to deliver the largest reduction in the NO2 emissions in the area:

Option 1: Banning HGVs from travelling through the declared AQMA.

Option 2: Introduction of a 20mph zone along The Street, Compton.

Option 3: Introduction of traffic signals along The Street in order to relieve congestion in the AQMA area.

Option 4: Combined: option 1 (Banning HGVs from travelling through the declared AQMA) and option 2 (Introduction of a 20mph zone along The Street, Compton).

Option 5: Combined: option 1(Banning HGVs from travelling through the declared AQMA) and option 3 (Introduction of traffic signals along The Street in order to relieve congestion in the AQMA).

The consultation aimed to find out:

  1. public opinion on the options recommended in the draft AQAP.
  2. whether there were any other actions/initiatives not considered in the report, which could improve air quality in the area.
  3. if the respondent was a local business, how the business could contribute to the draft AQAP.

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