Air quality in Colchester

How we monitor air quality in Colchester


  • Monitoring and Managing
  • No Motor Vehicle Idling Policy
  • AirText

Monitoring and Managing

We are responsible for monitoring and managing air quality in Colchester
We regularly test the levels of pollution in the air, and produce Annual Status Reports of our findings.
We have three Air Quality Management Areas in place around the borough.

Air Quality Management Order 2018

To ensure we reduce air pollution we have in place an Air Quality Action Plan which states what actions the Council is going to take to improve Air Quality.

No Motor Vehicle Idling Policy

To mark National Clean Air Day  Colchester Borough Council is introducing a No Motor Vehicle Idling Policy to reduce the impact of its operations and services on the local environment and air quality.
CBC staff driving fleet vehicles or using their own vehicles for business travel will be switching off their engines when stationary while out conducting CBC business. You can view the Council's Motor Idling Policy here and further information about Motor Idling Myth Busters can be viewed here.
Switching off when stationary is a simple action EVERYONE can take that can make a big difference. A recent study showed in areas of high air pollution due to traffic congestion, switching off engines can reduce peak concentrations in air pollution by as much as 20-30%.


Sign up to our airTEXT alerts

The airTEXT service provides information about air quality, including a pollution map with three-day forecasts about:
  • Overall air quality
  • Pollen count
  • UV levels
  • Air temperature
If you suffer from a lung or heart condition, you could benefit from airTEXT alerts.
You can choose to receive text messages, email and voicemail alerts to help make minor adjustments when planning your day.