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Air quality

We have to assess air quality against the requirements of the national Air Quality Strategy. Air Quality is continually reviewed and assessed on a yearly basis.

We produce air quality reports outlining the monitoring that has been undertaken in the district and if anything is likely to impact air quality within an area of the district that is not currently being monitored.  View all air quality review and assessment documents including the recently published 2016 Air Quality Annual Status Report.

The main method of air quality monitoring we use is nitrogen dioxide diffusion tubes. View the data for the nitrogen dioxide diffusion tubes

View air pollution forecasts for Harborough District.

Managing air quality in Lutterworth

If air quality falls below required standards, we will declare an Air Quality Management Area and plan for improvements. An Air Quality Management Area has been declared in Lutterworth Town Centre since 2001.

Once an Air Quality Management Area is declared we must publish an action plan addressing the issues.  View the Air Quality Action Plan 2013 (PDF, 1.4MB). As the problems in Lutterworth are related to traffic issues, the action plan has been incorporated into Leicestershire County Council's Local Transport Plan.

Lutterworth Air Quality Management Area 

In 2001 it was established that the annual mean air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide in Lutterworth town centre was not being achieved and we declared it an Air Quality Management Area.

detailed assessment in 2010 (PDF, 128KB) found that areas outside of the declared Air Quality Management Area were exceeding the annual mean air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide. The Air Quality Management Area needed to be updated to include land to south along High Street to include the junction with Regent Street, Stoney Hollow and Rugby Road . 

A further assessment was carried out in 2012 (PDF, 2MB). This found that the Air Quality Management Area needed further changes to extend its area along Rugby Road to the junction with Riverside. The assessment also included a study which found that:

  • Annual average daily traffic  is approximately 15,000 vehicle movements
  • HGVs make up approximately 6% of the annual average daily traffic and contribute 40 to 45% of nitrogen dioxide
  • Cars make up approximately 85% of annual average daily traffic and contribute 45 to 50% of nitrogen dioxide
  • There is a correlation between the total number of hourly vehicle movements and hourly average nitrogen dioxide concentration
  • There is no correlation between hourly HGV movements and hourly average nitrogen dioxide concentration

View all assessment documents and Air Quality Management Area  orders for the Lutterworth Air Quality Management Area.

Kibworth Air Quality Management Area

The 2017 Air Quality Annual Status Report has identified an issue with air quality on a small section of the A6 Leicester Road in the Kibworths,  which has exceeded the national air quality standard for the annual average nitrogen dioxide levels.

An Air Quality Management Area was declared on 29 November 2017

The extent of the Air Quality Management Area was based on evidence from air quality modelling (PDF, 1.5MB).