Air pollution can have significant effects on health and the environment. For this reason local authorities have legal responsibilities for assessing and working towards improving air quality in their areas to meet stringent health based objectives set by the Government.
Everyone can be affected by air pollution but it is usually people with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis who are affected most frequently.
Attempts to control air pollution in the UK date back to the thirteenth century, although it wasn't until after the industrial revolution and the Clean Air Act of 1956 that effective measures to prevent gross air pollution were implemented.
National air pollutant levels
For current national air pollutant levels visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK-AIR website.
Bedale Air Quality Action Plan consultation
The consultation on the Air Quality Action Plan for the Bedale Air Quality Management Area has now ended. If you have any comments on air quality in Hambleton then please contact the Environmental Health service [email protected] .