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Local Air Quality Management

Environmental Health

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Air pollution results from the introduction of a range of substances into the atmosphere from a wide variety of sources. It can cause both short term and long term effects on health and the wider environment.

The air quality in Northern Ireland is generally better now than it has been at any time since before the Industrial Revolution. These improvements have been achieved through the introduction of legislation enforcing tighter controls on emissions of pollutants from key sources, notably industry, domestic combustion and transport.  However, despite the improvements made, air pollution is still recognised as a risk to health, and many people are concerned about pollution in the air that they breathe.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council undertake regular monitoring of air quality using 'diffusion tubes' and 'real-time monitoring equipment'. Results from our real-time monitoring, general information and data on Air Quality in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area and in the rest of Northern Ireland is available at www.airqualityni.co.uk

Where we find levels of pollution above health-based standards, we will declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draw up Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) to improve air quality, in consultation with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders.

Within Lisburn & Caslereagh City Council we have declared an AQMA along part of the Upper Newtownards Road where the air has been affected by pollution, principally nitrogen dioxide (NO²) from road transport.

To download a copy of recent air quality reports please see below.

Castlereagh Borough Council Air Quality Progress Report (2010)
Castlereagh Borough Council Air Quality Progress Report (2011)
Lisburn City Council Air Quality Updating and Screening Assessment (2012)
Lisburn City Council Air Quality Progress Report (2013)
Castlereagh Borough Council Air Quality Action Plan 2013
Castlereagh Borough Council Air Quality Progress Report (2013)
Castlereagh Borough Council Air Quality Progress Report (2014)
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Updating and Screening Assessment (2015)
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Air Quality Progress Report (2016)
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Air Quality Progress Report (2017)
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Updating and Screening Assessment (2018)