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Air Quality Management Areas

On 30 April 2009, we declared Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) at two locations within the borough where the annual mean objective for nitrogen dioxide will not be met. This includes the M6 AQMA and the High Street AQMA. 

A further two AQMAs were declared at Borough Road and Reflection Court on the Linkway on 30 November 2011 as the annual mean objective for nitrogen dioxide is not being met. Current details of the locations can be found below:

1.  M6 AQMA (PDF) [725KB] (opens new window)  - Encompasses a strip either side of the M6 motorway within the unitary boundary of St Helens Borough Council.

2.  Air Quality - High Street AQMA (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)  - Part of the A49 in Newton-le-Willows and extends between the junctions with Ashton Road and Church Street.

3.  Air Quality - Borough Road AQMA (PDF) [835KB] (opens new window)  - Borough Road, St Helens between the junctions of Westfield Street and Prescot Road, including 5-9 Alexandra Drive and 1-17 Prescot Road.

4.  Air Quality - Linkway Reflection Court AQMA (PDF) [896KB] (opens new window)  - Reflection Court, Linkway West, St Helens.

Once an AQMA has been declared, we are required to complete a further assessment within 12 months of designating the AQMA. This document aims to confirm the exceedance, define what improvements are needed, and provide information on source apportionment. The findings of the further assessment may lead to amendments in the AQMA.

A further assessment for AQMAs 1 and 2 was undertaken and can be found in the 'Downloads' section of this page.

After declaration, we should formulate and publish an action plan to set out objectives to reduce pollutant levels and meet the air quality objectives. The action plan may cover a larger area than the AQMA itself. Powers that are available to us include land use planning, the regulation of industrial emissions and traffic management.

A period of consultation will follow these declarations. This will be publicised locally and on the council website, giving members of the public their say on air quality issues within the designated areas. The outcomes of the consultation will be used within the action plan to design and deliver cost-effective measures to improve air quality within the borough.