Why do we review air quality?
Clean air is important for our good health and wellbeing. That is why it is so important that we all play our part in protecting and improving the quality of the air that we all breathe.
The National Air Quality Strategy outlines a national framework for reducing hazards to health from air pollution in the UK. It requires local authorities to review and assess local air quality against a set of standards and objectives for the control and reduction of the main health threatening pollutants.
Air Quality Monitoring and Reporting
In North Ayrshire, Environmental Health monitor pollutants in 23 different locations and submit detailed reports on the various stages of the review process both to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). You can find our reports on the Scottish Air Quality website.
We have one continuous monitoring station measuring PM10/PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 10 microns and 2.5 microns) and NO2 (Nitrogen dioxide). This station is located at High Street, Irvine.
You can view our 22 passive NO2 diffusion tubes monitoring sites throughout North Ayrshire.