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Thanet District Council has been monitoring air pollutants since 1993. In 1997 the Council joined the ‘Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership’ – a county wide initiative to pool information, knowledge and data to aid long term planning for the county and to enable pollution trends to be monitored.

The Council has a legal obligation to undertake periodic reviews and assessments of air quality within its area. The quality of the air is judged against national air quality objectives for specified
pollutants. Where necessary, an Action Plan must be implemented with the aim of improving air quality.

Air pollution comes from many sources and can travel long distances. Emissions from distant and local sources can build up into high local concentrations of pollution. Air Quality is the largest
environmental health risk in the UK. It shortens lives and contributes to chronic illness. [1]

Thanet has good air quality. The main source of local pollution is from road transport. The most recent Annual Status Report 2019 (below) shows that there were no exceedances of the health objectives last year. While this is indicates air quality is improving we will continue to monitor trends. However we all must continue to work towards cutting public exposure. To help tackle the problem the Council declared an urban-wide Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) which encompasses the all pollution hot spot areas to enable a more strategic approach to action planning and effective management and integration of air quality considerations into transport planning and development control. The Air Quality and Planning Technical Guidance 2016 document has been developed to improve air quality across the district, with particular requirements on development within the Urban AQMA. It will encourage emissions reductions to improve the environment
and health of the population. In addition it aims to provide consistency as far as is practicable across Thanet in the approach to air quality in the planning regime.

Urban Air Quality Management Area

Review and Assessment Reports

Air Quality Guide for Developers

Air quality monitoring data

Up-to-date information on pollution monitoring for Thanet and Kent may be viewed at KentAir.org.uk

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