Air quality

Clean air is essential for life.

The quality of the air impacts on human health, the natural environment, other species and can damage buildings and materials. Poor air quality has been linked to respiratory health effects. The major air pollution episodes of the 1950s and 60s are now thankfully a thing of the past in the UK. This does not mean though that air pollution is not of concern. Rising levels of road traffic, increasing industrial activity and even new homes all represent sources of air pollution.

The focus for outdoor air quality in the UK is on the prevention and minimisation of health effects on persons vulnerable to air pollution. Air pollution can cause short-term health effects in sensitive individuals (e.g. people who already suffer from heart disease or lung diseases, including asthma).

If your health is good, the air quality within Wealden is defined as good and you are therefore very unlikely to have any serious short-term effects. In areas where air quality is poor people with lung disease or heart conditions are at greater risk, especially if they are elderly. There is little evidence that air pollution itself causes asthma. However, if you already have asthma, you may find that high levels of air pollution can trigger an attack.

Monitoring air quality

All local authorities have a duty to review and assess air quality in their districts in order to establish if Air Quality Objectives are being, or are likely to be, exceeded.

Forecast alerts

The Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s College, London, collects all real time air quality measured by the automatic monitoring stations.

Sussex Air

Wealden District Council is a member of the Sussex Air Quality Partnership (Sussex Air)

Environmental Protection Act (EPA) Permit Register

We issue permits which specify requirements to control pollution from certain industrial processes.

Open fires and wood-burning stoves

The use of open fires and wood-burning stoves has risen in popularity over recent years.