Air quality

Air pollution can have a significant effect on health and the environment. For this reason local authorities have a legal responsibility to assess and work towards improving air quality in their areas to meet strict health based objectives set by the Government.

The only pollutant of concern in South Norfolk is nitrogen dioxide. If pollution levels exceed national targets then we have to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draw up an action plan for reducing pollution. There are currently no AQMAs in South Norfolk.

We monitor air quality at a number of locations where there is the potential for raised levels of pollution, or where concern has been expressed by residents. We produce annual reports, the most recent of which which can be viewed in the downloads on this page.

We are continually exposed to low level radiation throughout our life which is perfectly normal and does not cause any health effects.

South Norfolk does not include any locations identified by Public Health England as radon affected areas.

Background levels of gamma radiation are monitored routinely and are very low in this area.

Find out more about radon.

The use of wood burners and open fires has increased in recent years. The government has produced the guidance document Open fires and wood-burning stoves - A practical guide to help people with these heating systems to reduce the environmental and health impact.

Please note there are currently no smoke control areas in South Norfolk.

Another information guide entitled “We all breathe the same air” has been produced by chimney sweeps and provides clear advice on the procedures to follow when lighting a stove to minimise smoke emissions.  This can be found here