Air pollution and air quality is of rising public health concern. Its an invisible threat to health not just the environment. There are several different air pollutants, but the main ones which affect our health are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM10 and PM2.5). Road transport is the biggest source of both of these.
The UK and the EU have set limits for the maximum allowed levels of different air pollutants
You can also view the most recent air quality status reports here
In Rossendale there are currently exceedances of nitrogen dioxide in two areas of the valley, Manchester Road, Haslingden near the roundabout at Tescos and near the bus station along Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. These are called air quality management areas and there is an action plan in place to work towards reducing levels in these areas. But we also need the public on our side. Please try to avoid driving along Bacup Road in Rawtenstall if you aren't stopping in the town centre and use Bocholt Way instead.
You can also do the following to help counteract and minimise the harmful effects to health from air pollution:
- Use more public transport
- Use your car less ie share car journeys to/from school with other parents
- Walk and cycle more every little helps
- Change to an electric vehicle or hybrid vehicle
- Don't have garden bonfires and only burn smokeless fuel on domestic stoves as the whole of Rossendale is a Smoke Control area (except for a few outlying rural properties)
- Car sharing
- Think global, act local
There's an interesting Public Health document titled Heath Matters Air Pollution- sources, impacts and actions
Highways England have released a recent interesting read titled Highways England-Our Strategy to Improve Air Quality
Here's an interesting webpage from the Government titled Air quality-explaining air pollution at a glance
The Air Quality Hub also contains lots of information on air quality and pollution
Cleaner Air for a Healthier Life campaign for stronger laws for clean air. The Environmental Policy Forum is a network of environmental professional bodies promoting environmental sustainability and resiliance for the public benefit.
From 1st May 2021 the sale of coal and wet wood for household burning is being phased out to cut harmful pollution to human health see Restrictions on the sale of wet wood and coal
In September 2021 the World Health Organisation issued global air quality guidelines which provide recommendations on improved air quality guideline levels WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines
Our indoor air quality is also very important and some people spend 90% of their time indoors. This guidance aims to raise awareness of good air quality in our homes and workplaces and how you can achieve this Overview | Indoor air quality at home | Guidance | NICE
Lancashire County Council also have lots of air quality information on their website
Please email email@example.com if you require further information or have questions on air quality