Launceston Air Quality

Air Quality Monitoring in Launceston

We have been monitoring nitrogen dioxide levels in Launceston since January 2016.  The biggest source of nitrogen dioxide is the exhaust gases from cars and lorries, particularly in the Newport Square and St Thomas Road area on the A388.

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Monitoring has shown that air pollution levels in Launceston are higher than they should be and therefore an ‘Air Quality Management Area’ (AQMA) should be declared.  Air Quality in Launceston is a brief report which summarises the monitoring data so far and gives further information on the issues affecting the town.  

We held a public consultation from 16 October - 8 December 2017 to let people know about the air quailty issues in Launceston and to hear their views.  General information was provided in the Launceston consultation leaflet.  

The Launceston Air Quality Management Area was declared on 5th February 2018.  Following the public consultation the boundary for the Launceston Air Quality Management Area was revised to include a larger area.  

Cornwall Council will prepare a draft Action Plan to improve air quality in Launceston.  The plan is expected to be ready for public consultation early in 2019.

The Action Plan is expected to contain a number of transport eletaed measures, and further investigation of some of the measures suggested by residents at the air quality consultation in 2017 will be undertaken. 

We are measuring nitrogen dioxide at several locations in 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