The quality of the air we breathe can have a significant effect on our health and wellbeing.
We are required to regularly review and assess air quality in Bedford Borough, and also regulate emissions from a range of industrial processes.
We work to manage air pollution and towards achieving national objectives for key pollutants in our air including:
- ground level ozone
- carbon monoxide
- nitrogen dioxide
- sulphur dioxide
Currently, the main source of pollution in Bedford Borough is from road traffic vehicle emissions and in 2009 Bedford Town Centre became an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) due to excessive levels of pollution. The Town Centre AQMA 5 was declared on 6 November 2009.
How we monitor air pollution
We use a network of diffusion tubes to monitor pollution at numerous locations within the Borough.
These are small plastic tubes that absorb pollutants which are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.
We also use real time analysers which accurately measure levels of pollutants in the air constantly.
Air quality reports
Our reports describe work that has been undertaken in monitoring and assessing air quality, as well as actions that will be progressed in order to manage air quality in Bedford Borough.
- 2018 Air Quality Annual Status Report (PDF).
- 2017 Air Quality Annual Status Report (PDF).
- 2016 Air Quality Annual Status Report (PDF).
April 2008 - Progress Report (PDF).
4th Round of Review and Assessment
April 2010 - Progress Report (PDF).
April 2011 - Progress Report (PDF).
5th Round of Review and Assessment
April 2013 Progress Report (PDF).
April 2014 Progress Report (PDF).
6th Round of Review and Assessment
Air quality data
Air quality data and pollution forecasts for Bedford Borough are available on the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Air Quality Network website.