Air Quality

Air pollution affects every organ in your body. It is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Over nine in every ten people in the world live in areas where safe limits are exceeded.

Southend on Sea City Council are an official Clean Air Day supporter. It is led by officers in public health engagement who aim to:

  • Improve public understanding of air pollution
  • Increase public backing for air pollution measures
  • Mobilise action to reduce air pollution

Our Public Health team also work to:

  • Promote active travel for short trips
  • Explain the health impacts of air pollution, especially to high risk and vulnerable groups
  • Information is available through the Council’s website and social media pages, as well as via the Livewell Southend and Your Say Southend
  • Educate, raise awareness and deliver schemes which incentivise change

Southend has two air quality management areas. They can be found at the Bell Junction and a stretch of Victoria Avenue. There are also other monitors that can be found across the city. This has been put in place to protect health and improve air quality.

The monitors are an ongoing indicator of change in NO2 levels. They help identify hotspot areas for emissions. It is essential to inform measures from the Air Quality Action Plan.

You can find more information on the council's website

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