Find out about Guildford air quality management areas​

As a local council, we monitor air quality in the borough. If air quality in the borough does not meet the national standard, we will draw up an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and draft an action plan to improve the air quality in that area.

The monitoring over recent years has found the annual air quality objective level for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) exceeding at two locations, which has led to the declaration of the following AQMAs: 

Air Quality Management Area - The Street Shalford

The Shalford AQMA was declared on 5 July 2019, following approval by the Guildford Joint Committee. View the Icon for pdf AQMA order and site plan [70.43KB] The monitoring in Shalford started in 2018 at two locations using diffusion tubes. The annual air quality objective for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) of 40 micorgrams per cubic meter (µg/m3) was found to be at a higher level at one receptor location. 

A further detailed assessment was completed in February 2019, which predicted that the annual air quality level is likely to exceed at the location to the west of the A281 on the Street, Shalford.

The source of NO2 in the area is linked to road traffic emissions. 

We have been consulting on a Icon for pdf draft Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford [642.87KB].

Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford

An Icon for pdf Air Quality Action Plan for Shalford [642.87KB] has been produced, outlining a number of measures that are likely to offer the best opportunity to improve air quality in the area. 

Reference documents

Air Quality Management Area - The Street, Compton

Guildford Borough Council AQMA Order (No.1) 2018 came into effect on 1 February 2018 and covers a small section of B3000 The Street, Compton.

View a copy of the Icon for pdf AQMA Order and site plan [73.89KB] showing the AQMA boundary.

Compton Air Quality Action Plan 2019

The first Icon for pdf draft AQAP [1.46MB] was published and consulted on in 2017.

Following the consultation on the draft AQAP 2017, the action plan was revised in 2019. The action plan adopted is to implement the ban on right hand turn into Down Lane. View the Icon for pdf Compton Air Quality Action Plan 2019 [1.54MB]