Quarter 2 - September 2019
The air quality measure in the West Sussex Plan is an annual measure. The data we report on is drawn from District and Borough Annual Status Reports. These are not available until they have been ratified by Defra, which is likely to be in late Autumn.
 Information on Clean Burn Sussex (around efficient wood burning) has been included in the autumn issue of Connections, which will be distributed to all residents in the county. The Leader of the Council presented at a national conference on tackling air pollution, focussing on the benefits of councils working together, which was well received.
* additional tube added since designation
‡ designation of specific monitoring point
n/a data not available
pending Defra approval: data has been ratified but Defra have still to approve the report
 The data above are taken from the specific monitoring points within each AQMA that exceeded or were close to exceeding         the annual average air quality objective (40 µgm3) for NO2 at designation.
Distance correction has been applied to data to estimate the concentration at the nearest relevant exposure (façade).
Storrington & Cowfold has more than one figure denoting multiple sites of actual/potential exceedances
Readings will be affected by annual weather variations. 
Quarter 1 - June 2019
The air quality metric in the West Sussex plan is an annual measure. The data we report on is drawn from the District and Boroughs’ Annual Status Reports which are not available until they have been ratified by Defra. This is not likely to be until late Autumn.
 The Inter-Authority Air Quality group met for the third time on 12th June. At that meeting, Members received reports from Chichester and Mid Sussex District Councils giving more detail on their areas specific needs and actions they have identified. They also heard from Dr James Levine of Birmingham University who explained the role of green infrastructure in urban situations.
 We have been working with District and Borough authorities and with Sussex-air to add additional anti-idling signs to level crossings.
 The Defra funded project with schools is drawing to a close and we have promoted findings to date at a Beat the Streets event in Arun. The final report has not yet been received, but early findings are that:
  • 1,465 pupils were involved
  • students usually cycling to school doubled from 3% to 6%
  • students usually coming to school by car dropped by 13%.
A small amount of funding has become available to extend the anti-idling element of the project, so more schools will be encouraged to take part.
 We attended the Youth Cabinet event, where the findings from the school project were promoted and we facilitated debates on both air quality and climate change.
 Through our membership of Sussex-air, we have been successful in gaining funding for work around wood burning. The Clean Air Sussex campaign will gather information on where residents are reliant on solid fuel as their main source of heating, provide advice on how to use their wood burning stoves most efficiently, and signpost to available support for alternative fuel sources.
 A public information campaign has been developed and messaging is also being included in the Climate Change Pledge communications. Almost 1000 people have pledged so far.
Progress to date includes:
  • Connections editorial (June 2019)
  • Connections full back advert (June 2019)
  • Spirit FM interviews for Breathe Easy Week
  • Encouraging staff across all authorities to take action during Breathe Easy Week
  • Two days during Breathe Easy Week for WSCC staff to trial the electric vehicles
  • Infographic on smarter driving produced and distributed.
Quarter 4  - March 2019
Latest data available is 2017. Compared to the 2016 years’ data, Shoreham Road and Grove Lodge Roundabout show an increase in emissions. This could be due to a number of factors such as weather variations and volume of traffic. However, compared to emissions at designation, 9 out of 10 AQMAs show a reduction in emissions and one remains at the same level, so the overall trend is improving.
 Each District or Borough with an AQMA is required to produce and deliver an action plan; Adur’s is currently in the process of being refreshed. All Districts and Boroughs are, with WSCC, members of Sussex-air and all West Sussex authorities are also members of the Inter-Authority Air Quality Group. The Sustainability Team and Public Health Team are co-producing a long-term behaviour change campaign.
Quarter 3 - December 2018 performance
* additional tube added since designation
‡ designation of specific monitoring point
The data above are taken from the specific monitoring points within each AQMA that exceeded or were close to exceeding the annual average air quality objective (40 µgm3) for NO2 at designation.
Distance correction has been applied to data to estimate the concentration at the nearest relevant exposure (façade).
Storrington & Cowfold has more than one figure denoting multiple sites of actual/potential exceedances
Readings will be affected by annual weather variations.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
Thirteen schools in West Sussex, have been invited to be part of an Air Quality project across Sussex.
 WSCC, as members of Sussex-air, was successful in securing a Defra grant of £105,900 to deliver targeted interventions with schools within or very close to air quality management areas, aimed at improving air quality. Activities include including encouraging switching off of engines outside schools. Our delivery partners are Sustrans and Living Streets, who both have strong evidence of successful partnership working with schools and communities.
 Children, staff and parents will have an opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, aimed ultimately at creating a healthier and safer environment on the journey to school and beyond.
Quarter 1 - June 2018
We are working with District and Borough Councils to develop our partnership working and a county-wide air quality plan is almost complete. This will be managed and monitored by a cross-authority governance group to ensure that all opportunities to improve air quality in West Sussex are taken. We are active members of the pan-Sussex-air partnership and have been successful in gaining a grant from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This grant will focus on anti-idling and sustainable travel around schools.

We are committed to working with partners to ensure we have clean air to breathe.

There are a number of areas across West Sussex where air quality does not meet Government targets. These areas are known as Air Quality Management Areas. We are working in partnership to increase the quality of air in these areas, and to maintain the quality of air across the county.

Some of the work we’ve done, much delivered in partnership with the District and Borough Councils and the local community include installing Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) at 70 junctions, linking traffic signals to smooth traffic flows, Bikeability training, creation and ongoing promotion of the Co-Wheels car clubs and vehicle idling zones in place at 30 + level crossings in West Sussex. We are active members of the pan-Sussex sussex-air partnership and support cycle forums and District and Borough Air Quality Steering Groups.

We are in the process of mapping and tracking progress on these and other initiatives to build up a fuller picture on how we are doing and what more we can do to help improve air quality. Future planned work includes expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the county, working with staff to reduce our own travel, working to convert WSCC’s fleet to electric or low emission vehicles and consolidating our own estate with other local authorities to develop assets and reduce the need for customers to travel.

www.sussex-air.net - the pan-Sussex Partnership