Air quality

The main pollutants in urban air arise from road transport and industry.

Long term trends show that there has been an improvement in air quality but areas still remain above the air quality objective for the annual mean of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

Air quality information for Trafford can be viewed in detail in the 2018 Annual Air Quality Status Report (ASR) for Greater Manchester.

Continuous air quality monitoring data in Trafford is available on the Air quality England website.  Data for other Greater Manchester Boroughs can be viewed on the Greatair Manchester website.

Greater Manchester air quality action plan

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has adopted its new Low-Emission Strategy (LES) and Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), complementing the Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy and Implementation Plan which focus on measures to reduce energy usage.

The LES and AQAP aim to tackle emissions from road transport in order to improve air quality and to contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions.

They propose a range of policies and measures to reduce air pollution as a contributor to ill-health; support the UK Government in meeting EU air quality air quality thresholds; contribute to a reduction in Greater Manchester’s carbon footprint; and encourage a low-emission culture in the city region.

As Greater Manchester’s economy and population grow, there is increased demand for public and private transport and for movement of goods, so the need to achieve tough targets for air quality improvement and carbon reduction will require strong commitment from a wide range of organisations and potentially radical solutions to support the region’s economic, social and environmental ambitions.

To find out more about the LES and AQAP, please visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Air quality study for Davyhulme & Urmston

The Council has recently undertaken a detailed air quality study for the Davyhulme and Urmston area. An introduction describing the reasons for conducting the study is available. The purpose of the study is to provide upto date and detailed local baseline levels of nitrogen dioxide and to forecast future levels. This will assist the Council in reviewing air quality and considering planning proposals.

Air quality monitoring project at Kingsway Park, Urmston

Trafford Council's air quality monitoring project at Kingsway Primary School, which was carried out between March 2015 and June 2016, showed that pollution levels were below UK national objectives, that set limits on pollution levels.

The project was introduced proactively by the Council, after public concerns were raised. The school location was chosen, due to its close proximity to Junction 9 of the exceedingly busy M60 motorway.

The final monitoring report containing location and monitoring data is available here.

Air quality reports and data

The following reports are available for download:

Additional air quality data for Trafford is available upon request, please contact the Council's Pollution team.

Trafford smoke control area

Trafford has declared the borough a smoke control area. The Council's Pollution Team  investigate complaints regarding the use of solid fuel burners within the borough. Within the Trafford smoke control area you can’t emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using an exempt appliance. Contact the Pollution Team for more information if you are considering installing a solid fuel burner or refer to the advice contained in this DEFRA document.

Reporting bonfires and smoking chimneys

If you would like to report a problem with bonfire or smoking chimney, please complete our environmental health complaints form.