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Air Quality

We want your views. A consultation on the Council's Air Quality Action Plan will run between 2 March and 13 April.  More information and a link to the consultation will be available at the Air Quality Action Plan Consultation page.

Market Hill


The Council has a legal duty to monitor air quality as this can have an impact on health and the environment.

We are a member of the Essex Air Quality Consortium which consists of all Local Authorities in Essex, Essex County Council, the Environment Agency, London Stansted Airport and the University of Essex.  The group meets regularly to provide assistance and share experience and best practice to carry out their duties to promote improvements in air quality related issues.

We report on the assessment of air quality in the area and the measurement data is held on the Essex Air Consortium website at Essex Air - Maldon.  General information is available at Essex Air and you can also view our current annual status report.

Air Quality Reports


Health and Air Quality

Air pollution is associated with a number of adverse health impacts.  Generally, if you are young and in a good state of health, moderate air pollution levels are unlikely to have any serious short-term effects.  However, elevated levels and/or long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to more serious symptoms and conditions affecting human health.  This mainly affects the respiratory and inflammatory systems but is also recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer.  More infomation on health and air quality.


Wood Burning – Are you ready to burn?

Open fires and wood-burning stoves have risen in popularity in recent years and may be an additional form of heating, an attractive feature or the sole heat source.  Some people are unaware that use in the home increases domestic exposure to air pollutants and makes a significant contribution to our national emissions of airborne particulates.  These are inhaled and transported around the body where they can become lodged in the heart, brain and other organs.

While we will never be able to eliminate all airborne particulates, there are simple steps that households can take to limit emissions both indoors and out that will make a big difference.  So what can you do?  More information on Wood Burning


The Council has a legal duty to monitor air quality as this can have an impact on health and the environment.

We are a member of the Essex Air Quality Consortium which consists of all Local Authorities in Essex, Essex County Council, the Environment Agency, London Stansted Airport and the University of Essex.  The group meets regularly to provide assistance and share experience and best practice to carry out their duties to promote improvements in air quality related issues.

We report on the assessment of air quality in the area and the measurement data is held on the Essex Air Consortium website at Essex Air - Maldon.  General information is available at Essex Air and you can also view our current annual status report.