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. You can find raw monitoring data and our annual status reports on KentAir.
- 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 pooled 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:
More historic reports can be found on the KentAir website.
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
KentAir 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:
- Department or Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) air quality
- National Air Quality Information Archive
- DEFRA practical guide to open fires and wood burning stoves