The Monitoring Stations
A: Bitton Court, Teignmouth Monitoring Station
B: Halycon Road, Newton Abbot Air Quality Monitoring Station
C: Magnolia, Heathfield (PM10) Monitoring Station
Teignbridge District Council has an established programme of continuous air quality monitoring dating back to 2003 and periodic monitoring data ( nitrogen dioxide diffusion tube samplers) dating back to 1993. In November 2005, Teignbridge declared four Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in Newton Abbot (the road network of the town); Kingskerswell (A380 through the village); Teignmouth (Bitton Park Road area) and Dawlish (Iddesleigh Terrace area). This is because the Government health based objectives for nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant associated with traffic emissions, was being exceeded at a number of residential properties. If you are interested in viewing the boundaries of the AQMAs please click on the following link http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=4003
A draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) has been produced that sets out what this authority, in partnership with Devon County Council and other agencies, intends to introduce to improve the air quality in these areas. The draft AQAP has recently been appraised and accepted by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs and will be circulated for statutory consultation over the next couple of months.
A further AQMA was declared on the 5th November 2009 that included the following locations:- Wolborough Street in Newton Abbot; Newton Road and Gestridge Road in Kingsteignton. The boundary of the Newton Abbot Town Centre AQMA was amended to include these new areas and the need for declaration was as a result of exceedences of the health based objective for nitrogen dioxide.