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Launceston Air Quality

Launceston Air Quality 

Launceston was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in 2018.  Long term monitoring of nitrogen dioxide levels in Launceston has shown that levels are higher than they should be in certain areas of the town. This is particularly true in the Newport Square and St Thomas Road area on the A388.  The pollution is caused by traffic congestion. 

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We held a public consultation in 2017 to let people know about air quailty issues in Launceston and to hear their views.  The AQMA was declared on 5th February 2018, which included the finalised boundary for the Launceston Air Quality Management Area.  

We have worked with our colleagues and partners to develop an Air Quality Action Plan which sets out steps which could improve air quality in Launceston.  

A consultation was held in early 2020 to hear people's views on the draft action plan.  Responses were considered and the outcome is provided in this summary of the consultation responses.  

The Launceston Action Plan forms part of the Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy.  The Action Plan will be implemented alongside the County-wide measures in the strategy, designed to give a comprehensive approach to improving air quality.

We are measuring nitrogen dioxide at several locations in the town using diffusion tubes.  These are small plastic tubes that sample for one month before being sent to a laboratory for analysis.  The results give us a good idea of where pollution levels are highest.  


Telephone us on: 0300 1234 212

Write to us at:  Communities and Public Protection, Community and Environmental Protection, PO Box 676, Threemilestone, TRURO, TR1 9EQ