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Guildford air quality management areas

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, the monitoring over recent years has found the annual air quality objective level for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) exceeding at two locations, which has led to the declaration of the following AQMAs: 

Air Quality Management Area Order (No. 2), The Street Shalford

The Shalford AQMA was declared on 5 July 2019, following approval by the Guildford Joint Committee. View the icon AQMA order and site plan [70.43KB] .

The monitoring in Shalford started in 2018 at two locations using diffusion tubes. The annual air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) of 40 micorgrams per cubic meter (µg/m3) was found to be at a higher level at one receptor location. The monthly monitoring results can be obtained from the downloads section.

A further detailed assessment was completed in February 2019, which predicted that the annual air quality objective level is likely to exceed at the relevant receptor location to the west of the A281 on the Street, Shalford.

The source of NO2 in the area is attributed to road traffic emissions. 

We have been consulting on a icon draft Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford [642.87KB]

Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford

An  icon Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford [642.87KB]  has been produced, outlining a number of measures that are likely to offer the best opportunity to improve air quality in the area. We consulted to find out your opinions on the proposed actions. 

Reference documents

Air Quality Management Area Order (No. 1), The Street, Compton

Guildford Borough Council AQMA Order (No.1) 2018 came into effect on 1 February 2018 and covers a small section of B3000 The Street, Compton.

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

Compton Air Quality Action Plan 2019

The first  icon draft AQAP [1.46MB]  was published and consulted on in 2017.

Following the consultation on the draft AQAP 2017, the action plan was revised in 2019. The action plan adopted is to implement the ban on right hand turn into Down Lane. View the  icon Compton Air Quality Action Plan 2019 [1.54MB] .