Air quality in Medway

We have a statutory duty to monitor, review and assess air quality in Medway under the Environment Act 1995.

This involves comparing the measured and predicted pollutant levels to national air quality standards and objectives.

How we monitor air quality in Medway

We monitor air quality in Medway by:

  • using diffusion tubes to monitor nitrogen dioxide across Medway. View raw monitoring data and our annual status reports on Kent Air
  • having continuous automatic air quality stations in Chatham and Lower Stoke that monitor nitrogen dioxide and particles. The Lower Stoke site also monitors sulphur dioxide and ozone.

We are also a member of the Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership. Data and information about air quality throughout Kent is combined and shared through the partnership’s dedicated website, KentAir.

Areas in Medway not meeting air quality objectives

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

To find out more, you can download the:

View more historic reports on KentAir

Latest air pollution levels

Check the latest and forecasted levels of air pollution for Kent.

You can also sign up to receive a free email forecast when air pollution levels in Kent are expected to change.

Make a difference

Department for Environment Foods and Rural Affairs has a range of resources to help increase your understanding of the sources of air pollution and how you can make a difference.

We have also developed an air quality communication strategy.

To find out more about air quality, visit the following websites:

Report smoke and air pollution

Air pollution

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