Kirklees Council Air Quality Strategy

Kirklees Council is reviewing its local Air Quality Strategy, this document will be released once the Air Quality Action Plan consultation has been completed and is ready for submission to Government.

There are four levels of air pollution: low, medium, high, and very high.

We regularly reviewed and assess the levels.

Pollutants assessed are: Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide; fine particles (PM10); Carbon Monoxide; Lead; Benzene; 1-3 Butadiene.

Some industries must be authorised by either the Environment Agency or us, to confirm the amount of pollution that can be emitted from the site.

Smoke control areas

Smoke control areas are areas where it's illegal to allow smoke emissions from chimneys. In these areas, you can only burn authorised fuels in approved appliances (exempted stoves). You can be fined up to £1,000 if you break the rules.

Smoke control areas cover all of Kirklees. There are only a few exempted properties in certain areas.

Learn more about Rules in smoke control areas GOV.UK

Air quality management areas

We have declared nine air quality management areas:

Area number 1: Bradley Road/Leeds Road junction, Huddersfield for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Area number 2: Scout Hill, Dewsbury for elevated levels of PM10s

Area number 3: Ainley Top, Huddersfield for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 3

Area number 4: Birkenshaw, Bradford for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 4

Area number 5: Eastborough, Dewsbury for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 5

Area number 6: Edgerton, Huddersfield for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 6

Area number 7: Liversedge for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 7

Area number 8: Outlane, Huddersfield for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 8

Area number 9: Huddersfield Town Centre for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 9

Area number 10: Thornton Lodge for elevated levels of Nitrogen Dioxide

Air quality management Area Order 10

Furnaces

Notify us of the installation of all non-domestic furnaces (16.12 kW or above). They should be capable of operating smokelessly.

We must approve chimney height and arrestment plant of furnaces which either:

  • burn pulverised fuel, or
  • burn at a rate of 45.4 kg or more an hour any other solid matter, or
  • burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more any liquid or gaseous matter

Reports and strategies

Reports

Under Local Air Quality Management Kirklees council submits its Annual Status Report or ASR to central government. The ASR contains the previous year's Air Quality monitoring data collected from around the district and recommendations for future actions in relation to Air Quality

Strategies

Kirklees council is currently reviewing its Air Quality Strategy. We will publish our new strategy here when the review is complete. Our previous strategy published in 2007 will remain here until the new strategy is ready.

Since 2007 Kirklees council has worked regionally with the West Yorkshire Local Authorities to produce the 'West Yorkshire Low Emission Strategy' or WYLES with its technical guides. This documents and its technical guides is the primary strategy the Council is using in its management of Air Quality.

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