We are committed to making sure that people throughout the borough have clean air to breathe. We assess the air quality within the borough through a system of Local Air Quality Management (LAQM). This requires us to assess air quality against seven pollutants. These are:
- Nitrogen dioxide
- Sulphur dioxide
- Carbon monoxide
For further information on the causes of air pollution and types of pollutants, visit the DEFRA website.
Since 1 July 2007, all enclosed public places in England became smoke-free. To find out more, visit Smoke-free Wandsworth.
Managing air quality
The borough was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) because it exceeded the permissible amount of air quality for Nitrogen Dioxide and bits of matter known as 'particulates'. We were required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) containing measures and actions to improve the air quality in the borough.
View the Air Quality Action Plan.
We have completed annual progress reports against our goals in the plan to improve air quality in the borough. The latest report is the Air Quality Annual Status Report for 2017. It reports on data for the calendar year 2017 that was approved and accepted by the Greater London Authority in July 2018. The Council still has Cleaner Air Borough status.
Air quality alerts
You can sign up to AirTEXT to receive free air pollution alerts.
AirTEXT alerts can help reduce the effect of pollution on you or someone you look after. The service is particularly useful for people who suffer from illnesses such as asthma, emphysema and heart disease etc.
Our current air quality data can be viewed through the London Air Quality Network (LAQN).
The LAQN is managed by King's College London's Environmental Research Group, and records pollution monitoring across London.
We operate air quality monitoring stations in the borough and publish data in review and assessment reports. The latest report is the Air Quality Annual Status Report for 2016. It reports on data for the calendar year 2016 that was approved and accepted by the Greater London Authority in December 2017. On the basis of the information provided in the report, the Council maintained it's Cleaner Air Borough Status.
The Wandsworth Air Quality Guidance and Flowchart gives details of the current air quality documents to be submitted in preparation of a planning application.
Wandsworth Community Air Quality Champions
A Community Air Quality Champion (C.AQC) is a member of the public who has an interest in Air Quality and has a passion to help improve it. The individual will voluntarily give up some of their own time to raise awareness of the issue and encourage members of the local community to take simple steps to reduce their impact on local air quality.