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Sadly AQB has ceased publication (we can blame austerity and Covid for cuts to local authority budgets). We aim to keep our extensive archive available free of charge. Last pdf issue here


March 2022    Issue 190 Final Issue

AQB: Important announcement

(Jack Pease writes): Just a reminder that as spelled out in our last issue, it is with huge regret that I have to announce that publication of Air Quality Bulletin (and Noise Bulletin) is to cease and this is the last issue.

Manchester ULEZ delayed

Local political pressure has succeeded in postponing the Greater Manchester clean air zone. Clean air zone charging will not go live as planned on May 2022. Government has released the authorities from NO2 plan obligations until 2026. Van shortages are blamed (see news p2).

Van shortage sinks CAZ

The ‘get out clause’ for Manchester abandoning its CAZ (see news p1) came from an unusual direction – vans – or rather the lack of. Van shortages are not unique to Manchester so other clean air zones may be abandoned for the same reason.

Action planning in Northants: shut windows

West Northants Council has told residents living in an AQMA to keep their windows shut. AQB is not aware such advice has ever been used before.

Forest SPD to protect habitats

New Forest Council has set out a draft Supplementary Planning Document to provide guidance on when an air quality assessment will be needed to support a planning application and what the assessment needs to address.

Incineration targetted by MPs grouping

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution has released a ‘report’ into the need to ban incineration.

Leeds scared

Freedom of Information requests reveal lawyers were concerned that improved air would render clean air zone restrictions illegal.

Leicester confirms it does not need CAZ

Improvements to air quality in Leicester mean that plans to charge the most polluting vehicles to enter the city centre are no longer required.

Outer London improvements stall

Air pollution is improving far more slowly in outer London than central London, says the GLA.

Net zero plans to improve air quality

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out net zero plans for 2030 that include improving air quality.

Mayor calls summit for medics

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on health professionals to play a greater role in informing patients about risks of air pollution and how to protect themselves.

London inventory shows big falls

The London Atmospheric Emission inventory has been updated and reveals substantial improvements.

Nature advice update

New guidance outlines decision-making thresholds to help inform assessments of the impacts of air quality on designated nature conservation sites, such as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

20 years, 2.5 million words on air!

Editor Jack Pease takes a backwards look his time covering air quality – the journey from ‘is air pollution bad for you’ to ‘it is broadly fixed’ has been long and painful. Clean vehicles have finally delivered what was promised.