Our commitment to air quality

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
  • PM10
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Lead

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.

How we manage 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'. 

Find out what we are doing to manage air quality.

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 2017. It reports on data for the calendar year 2017 that was approved and accepted by the Greater London Authority in July 2018. On the basis of the information provided in the report, the Council maintained it's Cleaner Air Borough Status.

Planning applications

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

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.