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New Air Quality Diffusion Tubes in Faversham

Published Thursday 20 August, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

New diffusion tubes have been installed to monitor the air quality at four new locations on two major junctions in Faversham.

The key locations were identified in a report by the University of Kent’s Centre for Health Service Studies after they carried out air quality testing at seven locations in Faversham between September 2018 and June last year.

The report, commissioned by The Faversham Society, concluded that two of the seven locations tested had levels of nitrogen dioxide that were close to the UK annual mean objective of 40ug/m3 and warranted further testing.

Following discussions between the council, the university and the society, four key locations were found at the two junctions identified by the report as needing further testing, and diffusion monitoring tubes have now been installed.

Two of the new diffusion tubes will be based on opposite sides of the Ashford Road junction, and another two at the East Street and Crescent Road junction. The diffusion tubes will be monitored for one year with their readings taken monthly and added to DEFRA’s national database.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the environment at the council, said:

“We’re pleased to be working closely with The Faversham Society and University of Kent to tackle air pollution in areas with increased traffic at peak times.

“We already have 66 diffusion tube monitoring sites across the borough, including nine in the Ospringe AQMA and three other sites in Faversham.

“We’re working tirelessly to identify key areas, collect data and make a case for changes across the borough that help bring relief to residents that live and work in areas with impaired air quality.

“We are committed to reducing air pollution and securing a healthier environment for residents and want to thank both organisations for their assistance.”

For further information on air quality within the borough www.swale.gov.uk/air-quality.