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2018 ASR  Report now available

The 2018 Annual Status Report is now available. The report reviews monitoring data for 2017 and over a 5 year period. The report has been approved by Defra.  

Residents may prefer to read a short summary of the 2017 air pollution levels that is also available.



Impact of Fireworks Night on Air Quality

Smoke from fireworks and bonfires can cause Guy Fawkes to be the most polluted night of the year. This year the 5 November was a Saturday, so many organised displays took part on that night, with the potential to concentrate the effects on air quality. King's College London Environmental Research Group (who operate and management air quality monitoring stations across London and the South East on behalf of some Councils) have done a review of air quality on the evening of 5 November 2011. This year damp and breezy weather in southern England meant smoke was rapidly dispersed and air pollution remained 'low'. The notable exception to this was in Lewes, East Sussex on the south coast were air pollution in the town centre reached 'moderate'.

Their website has more information about the health effects of fireworks, including a video.