Camelford Air Quality

Camelford Air Quality Management Area

We have been monitoring nitrogen dioxide levels in Camelford for several years. The biggest source of nitrogen dioxide is the exhaust gases from traffic passing through the town on the A39.

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Our monitoring has shown that air pollution levels in Camelford are higher than they should be and in 2016 an air quality assessment confimed poor air quality at several locations along the A39.

It was therefore concluded that an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) should be declared.  Following a public consultation in late 2016, the AQMA was formally declared on 4 January 2017. The boundary of the AQMA encompasses the whole town  - the Camelford AQMA map shows the boundary.

We have worked with our colleagues and partners to develop a draft action plan which sets out steps which could improve air quality in Camelford.  A public consultation ran from 5 February - 2 April 2018. 

The Camelford Air Quality Action Plan consultation report gives full details about what is proposed.  We have also produced a leaflet which summarises the action plan measures.

Following the close of the consultation, the views of those who responded are being taken into consideration and a summary of the responses is available.  The final Action Plan will be published later in 2018.   It will form an appendix to the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy and will be implemented alongside the county-wide measures in the strategy. 

We are measuring nitrogen dioxide at several locations through the town using ‘diffusion tubes’.  These are small plastic tubes that sample for one month before being sent to a laboratory for analysis.  The results give us a good idea of where pollution levels are highest.  


Telephone us on: 0300 1234 212

Write to us at:  Environmental Protection, Cornwall Council One Stop Shop, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

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