Detailed needs assessments

Air Quality Needs Assessment 2017

AQ Uwe fieldAir pollution is a mixture of particles and gases that can have adverse effects on human health. The most important pollutants are oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). Road vehicles are the main pollution source that people are exposed to in the most populated urban environments and the pollutants they cause and emit have the greatest health impacts. Poor air quality affects everyone. Air pollutants are known to contribute to heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory disease. It can also have immediate effects on vulnerable people (usually people with certain health conditions) and has a disproportionate impact on the young and old, the sick and the poor.

This JSNA investigated the causes of air pollution in Swindon and the impact on health of local residents. Air quality in Swindon is relatively good. In Swindon, in common with other urban authorities, our chief concern is that of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx). Swindon is doing a lot to improve air quality including: promoting active and sustainable travel; designing the built environment to encourage healthy lifestyles and travel choices; and promoting cleaner energy. Building on these provides the basis of the JSNA's recommendations to improve air quality and reduce the harmful effects on health.

The full JSNA report and 8 page bulletin can be downloaded below:


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