Air pollution can have a significant effect on health and the environment. For this reason local authorities have a legal responsibility to assess and work towards improving air quality in their areas to meet strict health based objectives set by the government.
The only pollutant of concern in South Norfolk and Broadland is nitrogen dioxide. If pollution levels exceed national targets then we have to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draw up an action plan for reducing pollution. There are currently no AQMAs in either district.
Where can I find information on air quality in Broadland and South Norfolk?
We monitor air quality at a number of locations where there is the potential for raised levels of pollution, or where concern has been expressed by residents. We produce annual reports, which can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Unpleasant smell and dust problems
We are continually exposed to low level radiation throughout our life which is perfectly normal and does not cause any health effects.
South Norfolk and Broadland does not include any locations identified by Public Health England as radon affected areas.
Background levels of gamma radiation are monitored routinely and are very low in this area.
Open fires and wood-burning stoves
The use of wood burners and open fires has increased in recent years. The government has produced a guidance document to help people with these heating systems to reduce the environmental and health impact.
Please note there are currently no smoke control areas in Broadland or South Norfolk.