WHAT'S HAPPENING IN COLCHESTER?
WHAT IS THE AIR QUALITY LIKE IN COLCHESTER?
The main source of air pollution in Colchester is from motor vehicles. Vehicles emit air pollutants such as; nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and fine particulate matter.
As the oldest Roman town in Britain, Colchester has many narrow roads in the town centre. The buildings flank to form a canyon-like environment which can trap air pollutants, which means we end up breathing them. As well, the traffic congestion that occurs every day in Colchester has a direct impact on the air we breathe.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are four areas in Colchester that have exceeded or are likely to exceed established air quality objectives. These Air Quality Management Areas have been monitored for some years. You can learn more about these AQMAs here and see a map
The Green Party put up some air quality testing kits in Castle Ward in January 2018 and show air pollution levels in excess of legal limits (40 mg/m3). This table shows the results:
Colchester Borough Council has found that on average, measured concentrations of the air pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide in 2016 went up over 6% from 2015 to 2016.
Monitoring data collected from four other local authorities in Essex showed increases from 4% to 10%, with higher air pollutant increases where traffic emissions are higher.
LOCAL AIR QUALITY TALK AND FACTS
Listen to Dr Paul Byrne's presentation on air quality in Colchester and look through his PowerPoint
Local doctor, Paul Byrne, has presented this in-depth and fascinating insight into air quality in Colchester at a number of events. It is a fantastic local resource to better understand what is happening both nationally and locally.