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Air and smells

Report a 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, where data and information about air quality throughout Kent is pooled and shared.

Diffusion tubes

Medway Council uses diffusion tubes to monitor nitrogen dioxide concentrations at 22 locations around Medway.

Continuous monitoring

Medway has continuous automatic air quality stations in Chatham, Luton and Lower Stoke. Monitoring of nitrogen dioxide and particles is carried out at all three sites. The Lower Stoke site also monitors sulphur dioxide and ozone and the Luton site monitors sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone.

Monitoring data can be found at KentAir.

Latest air pollution levels

Find out the daily maximum pollution levels.

Air pollution forecast

Find out daily updated forecasts of UK air pollution concentrations for up to 24 hours ahead.

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

The following documents can be downloaded:

  • Air Quality Action Plan (pdf 360KB)
    Medway’s Air Quality Action Plan was published in July 2005. The plan concludes the first round of local air quality review and assessment and outlines how the council will use its powers to work in conjunction with other organisations in pursuit of the air quality objectives.
  • Further Assessment (pdf 2,520KB)
    Medway's Further Assessment was produced in July 2011. The aim of the Further Assessment is to revisit the findings of the previous Detailed Assessments and carry out source apportionment and mitigation scenario modelling. The assessment concludes that the monitoring and dispersion modelling which has been carried out to support the Further Assessment indicated that exceedences of the NO2 annual mean are still prevalent throughout Medway’s three AQMAs. However, the boundaries of the AQMAs are appropriate and do not require to be revoked or amended at this time.
  • Progress Report for 2012 (pdf 5,454KB)
    This report considers monitoring data for the period January to December 2012 and assesses the data against the relevant air quality objectives. It also considers any significant development changes, including changes to industrial emissions to atmosphere that may have a significant impact on air quality.
  • Updating and Screening Assessment (USA) (pdf 1,973KB)
    Medway Council published its third USA in May 2012. It provides an update on air quality issues within Medway. The USA considers the seven priority health-based air quality objectives as laid down in regulations and assesses the likelihood that the air quality objectives will be met by their target dates.
  • Detailed Assessment (pdf 8,932KB)
    Medway’s detailed assessment was produced in August 2009. It used monitoring data and dispersion modelling to assess nitrogen dioxide within the 2004 Medway Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) and at four identified hotspots which were outside the AQMAs. It concludes that the annual mean nitrogen dioxide objective was exceeded at all four locations and at five out of the six AQMAs. Additionally, it recommended that the boundaries of the AQMAs be extended.


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