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Air quality in Penrith town centre and Eamont Bridge

In June 2013, we commissioned a Detailed Assessment of air quality in Penrith and Eamont Bridge. This assessment concluded that the levels of nitrogen dioxide within parts of Penrith town centre and Eamont Bridge exceeded 40ug/mm³, the Government's annual mean air quality objective for this pollutant. As a result parts of Penrith Town Centre and Eamont Bridge must be declared Air Quality Management Areas.

Maps of proposed Air Quality Management Areas:

The Detailed Assessment report can be downloaded or viewed at our Offices at Mansion House, Friargate, Penrith during normal office opening hours (Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5.15pm, Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm).

Detailed Assessment Report for Penrith and Eamont Bridge (PDF 4.54 Mb / 46 pages)

After declaration a further air quality assessment will have to be produced within 12 months and an Action Plan within 18 months of the Order being made. The purpose of the Action Plan is to identify appropriate measures to reduce the level of nitrogen dioxide in the AQMA so that air quality meets the required standard.

Please note the Council is required to declare Air Quality Management Areas now that we have identified an exceedance of the Air Quality Objective for nitrogen dioxide in these areas.