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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. We have established website dedicated to improving public information about local air pollution.

The Council reviews monitoring results at 38 sites across Thanet every year and assesses these data against national air quality objectives for specific pollutants. An Annual Status Report is submitted to Defra every year for review.

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

Thanet has good air quality. The main source of local pollution is from road transport. The Annual Status Reports (below) show that there have been no exceedances of the health objectives for several years. Although trends appear to indicate air quality is improving we will continue to monitor pollution levels across Thanet to identify issues should the situation change. Although Thanet does not have pollution levels that exceed health objectives we all must continue to work towards cutting public exposure. To help tackle the problem the Council Local Plan has a specific policy SE05 ‘Air Quality’ and other policies and strategies which encourage a more strategic approach the effective management and integration of air quality considerations into transport planning and development control. 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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