Find out about Guildford air quality management areas
As a local council, we monitor air quality in the borough. 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.
We currently have the following three AQMAs:
Air Quality Management Area - Guildford town centre
The AQMA was declared due to:
- Exceedances/potential exceedances of annual air quality for NO2 at several locations. (Diffusion tubes at Portsmouth road and Millbrook were found to show initial evidence of exceedance.)
- Detailed air quality assessment using 2019 data
Further information is available in our recent Annual Status Reports and Guildford town centre
Once an AQMA is declared, We have a statutory duty to produce an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP). It outlines actions to be delivered to improve air quality within the declared AQMA. We are producing a Draft AQAP with the inputs from key stakeholders. The Draft AQAP is planned to be published by January 2022 for full public consultation. Please keep following this page for any updates.
Air Quality Management Area - The Street Shalford
The Shalford AQMA was declared on 5 July 2019, following approval by the Guildford Joint Committee. View the 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.
A further detailed assessment was completed in February 2019, which predicted that the annual air quality level is likely to exceed at the location to the west of the A281 on the Street, Shalford.
The source of NO2 in the area is linked to road traffic emissions.
Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford
- LAQM Annual Status Reports 2017 and 2018 can be found on this page Air quality monitoring page
Air Quality Management Area - 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.