Detailed assessment report
The air quality around our Borough is reviewed regularly, and recent work has identified unacceptably high nitrogen dioxide levels at three additional junctions: Blackamoor, Four Lane Ends, and the junction of Burnley Road and Accrington Road. The Authority is acting on the findings of a Detailed Assessment Report which concluded that these junctions should also become air Quality Management Areas.
Download the detailed assessment
Council measures the local air quality measurement constantly to make sure that it meets national air quality standards.
Find out the current air quality in Blackburn with Darwen
Air quality will change on a day to day basis and it can affect health. The impact will be felt most by the old and the young, in particular those suffering from asthma and heart or lung diseases.
To this end we have set up five air quality management areas with measures being taken to reduce high nitrogen dioxide levels at these locations.
Download the air quality management area orders for each of these areas:
These areas failed to meet the national health based annual target for nitrogen dioxide, mainly because of road vehicle exhaust emissions. Nitrogen dioxide causes irritation and inflammation of the lungs.
Action plans for these five areas are being implemented in pursuit of acceptable air quality. More information on the implementation of these plans can be found in our latest Progress Report
The air quality around our Borough is reviewed regularly, and recent work has identified unacceptably high nitrogen dioxide levels at three additional junctions: Blackamoor, Four Lane Ends, and the junction of Burnley Road and Accrington Road.
We are acting on the findings of a detailed assessment report which concluded that these junctions should also become air quality management areas.
There are national health based targets for seven key pollutants.
The levels of these pollutants have been monitored or modelled and the outcome is summarised in the table below.
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5 Air Quality Management Areas and 3 additional hotspots
Air quality annual status report
DEFRA have altered the process for LAQM reporting. The Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 2016 ASR is based on the new reporting template, and has been submitted to and accepted by DEFRA. You can view the report here.