Air quality consultation

This consultation is aimed primarily at those residents living within the Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs), who have received the letter dated 22nd July 2014 from the Council regarding the Air Quality Action Planning Consultation. However, the quality of the air we breathe affects everyone, particularly those living near AQMAs.

The consultation documents can be accessed here. Please note that the Action Plan Report 2014 is only in a DRAFT form, and will be updated according to the feedback received from this consultation. The report is then submitted to a number of statutory consultees, and finally to Central Government (DEFRA) for final approval.

The consultation has now ended.

If you have any feedback or comments regarding the proposals, please email, or write to: Public Protection Service, White Dove Offices, Davyfield Road Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn BB1 2LX, tel: 01254 267699.

If you would like to be kept informed of future air quality events, please send your contact details to the above email address or postal address.


Air Quality and Health

  • The Health Protection Agency estimates that up to 57 children per 1000 in England and Wales may have long term lung function affected by air pollution.
  • The Public Health Outcomes Framework Data Tool predicts that 5.1% of mortality in Blackburn with Darwen is attributable to particulate air pollution. There are no current figures for NO2.
  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) can damage airways, particularly where people have a pre-existing health condition.
  • 40µg/m3 is the figure selected by the World Health Organisation to protect health from the effects of NO2, and has been adopted by the UK as a national objective.
  • Local Authorities must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) where national objectives are not met.
  • Action Plans must be developed to work towards improving air quality in the area.

Major causes of death in England (annual deaths)

Sources: ASH Factsheet, Smoking Statistics, Illness and Death (April 2013), House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee - Fifth Report (2010).


NB: 35,000 premature deaths estimated from new evidence (2010) by Kings College London, and 50,000 deaths is European Environment Agency estimate.

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