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Air and smells

Report air pollution including bonfires, burning, smoke and nuisance odours (including dust and grit in the air).

Medway Council is a member of the Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership. Data and information about air quality throughout Kent is pooled and shared through the partnerships dedicated website, KentAir.

Diffusion tubes

Medway Council uses diffusion tubes to monitor nitrogen dioxide across Medway. Raw monitoring data can be found at KentAir. The data is averaged at the end of each calendar year and is subject to corrections, so that the results can be reported against the relevant air quality objectives. Final reported concentrations are included in the council's air quality annual status reports which can be found in the reports library on KentAir by selecting Local Authority Reports from the drop down list.

Continuous monitoring

Medway has continuous automatic air quality stations in Chatham and Lower Stoke. Monitoring of nitrogen dioxide and particles is carried out at both sites. The Lower Stoke site also monitors sulphur dioxide and ozone.

Monitoring data can be found at KentAir.

Latest air pollution levels

Latest and forecasted levels of air pollution for Kent can be found here.

Air pollution forecast

Sign up here to receive a free email forecast when air pollution levels in Kent are expected to change.

Care for Kent Air

You can learn more about air pollution and climate change by visiting Care for KentAir. Care for KentAir has a range of resources which can help to increase your understanding of the sources of air pollution and how you can make a difference.

Air quality management

As well as monitoring air quality, the council has a statutory duty to review and assess the air quality in the area periodically. This involves comparing the measured and predicted pollutant levels to national air quality standards and objectives.

There are four areas in Medway where air quality does not meet the objectives for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

The following documents can be downloaded:

All historic reports can be found on the KentAir website

Dust

The council has a statutory duty to investigate dust nuisance complaints in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Before considering action the pollution team will fully investigate a complaint to determine if the dust amounts to a statutory nuisance, however the council will always endeavour to resolve the matter informally by providing guidance to those responsible for dust prevention. The council will need to determine:

  • that the dust occurs often enough
  • the extent of the dust and its affect on the complainant
  • that the dust lasts for unreasonable periods of time.

Air quality links