Please use our Report a Problem form to report pollution in Crawley.
We have a legal duty to monitor air quality in the town. The monitoring has shown that the average nitrogen dioxide concentration at a number of points along Crawley Avenue and around the Hazelwick roundabout exceeds the annual average Air Quality Objective for nitrogen dioxide. Following consultation that was undertaken in 2015 an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) has now been formally declared in the affected area.
Our Pollution Control section monitors local air quality around Crawley. The links below give detailed information as well as a summary of the annual monitoring results which are reported to Government each year.
The air quality in Crawley is generally good, but we must not be complacent. Crawley Borough Council regulates certain types of local business to keep industrial emissions to low levels. However the most significant source of local air pollution is road traffic. Modern vehicles using catalytic converters produce far less pollution than cars built over 10 years ago. However the increasing number of cars on the roads may erode this benefit and also add to traffic congestion. Cycling and walking do not pollute the environment and the exercise is good for your health. If cycling or walking is not possible, use public transport or try car sharing. If you have to drive, avoid unnecessarily fast driving or accelerating fiercely and keep your car properly tuned (this will save fuel consumption, save money and help save local air quality
Please click on the link for a list of part B and part A permits issued in Crawley.
Most people spend the majority of their time at their own homes and so it is important that domestic air pollution should be minimised, especially for those with existing breathing problems. Some outdoor pollution finds its way inside through open windows etc, but most indoor pollution comes from cookers, heaters, smoking and from household dust, Carbon monoxide from poorly maintained gas cookers and heaters is a suffocating gas, but longer term effects from other gases and particles emitted within the home can have cumulative effects, so proper ventilation is essential. Buying low solvent odour paints and using volatile solvents and cleaners as little as possible will also help. Obviously cigarette smoking creates a serious impact on the health of the smoker and on those who breathe the same polluted air. Finally do not forget that garden bonfires can produce large amounts of smoke and polluting gases, so it is much better to compost rubbish or take it to the local tip.
The Air Alert scheme is a service for people with asthma or other lung problems, which sends a message to your mobile, home phone or email address on the day before high pollution is predicted in the area. Being forewarned can help you take extra steps to manage your health. This free service is provided across Sussex by a partnership called Sussex Air, of which Crawley Borough Council is a member. To register for Air Alert, visit the Sussex Air Website at www.sussex-air.net .
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