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Linlithgow Air Quality Management Area

An Air Quality Management Area in Linlithgow was declared in April 2016 due to exceedances of both Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates (PM10). The next stage will be to carry out an assessment to provide the technical justification for any proposed measures to include in an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).

This further assessment will run in parallel with the development of the action plan for Linlithgow. The action plan will focus on effective, feasible, proportionate, and quantifiable measures to reduce air pollution in Linlithgow.

A Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Linlithgow has been carried out. The report has now been finalised and encompasses modelling of both PM10 and Nitrogen dioxide. The key purpose of the report is to assess the magnitude of any exceedances of PM10 and Nitrogen Dioxide annual mean objectives at locations relevant human exposure may occur.

The modelling study within the report indicated the following:

  • NO2 concentrations in excess of the 40 μg.m-3 annual mean objective occurred at 342 High Street where the predicted NO2 annual mean concentration is 40.6 μg.m-3.
  • There were no exceedances of the NO2 annual mean objective at first floor height where there are residential properties
  • Annual mean PM10 concentrations in excess of the 18 μg.m-3 Scottish objective occurred at several locations along High Street including 10 residential properties.
  • At specified receptors, High St 16, 17 and 18, the predicted NO2 annual mean is below the annual mean objective. However these results should be considered in context with the estimated model uncertainty which was 3.91 μg.m-3. There is a risk that the annual mean objective may also be exceeded at ground level residential properties at these locations

More information can be found in the pdf icon Detailed Assessment of Linithgow [2Mb].

In light of the Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Linlithgow using the available monitoring data from 2014, West Lothian Council is required to declare an Air Quality Management Area for the exceedances of the Scottish PM10 annual mean and Nitrogen dioxide annual mean objectives. A consultation on the proposed AQMA for Linlithgow ran from the 7 March 2016 to 7 April 2016. The views gathered during this period were considered. An Air Quality Management Order was drafted and finalised on the 25 April 2016 declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Linlithgow due to exceedances of both Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates (PM10). More information can be found in the pdf icon AQMA Order for Linlithgow [758kb].

The boundaries mirror those in the West Lothian Local Development Plan Proposed Plan. This includes Linlithgow, Linlithgowbridge and land allocated for development.

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Air Quality Map - Linlithgow

The next stage will be to carry out an assessment to provide the technical justification for any proposed measures to include in an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP). This will allow West Lothian Council to:

  • calculate more accurately how much of an improvement in air quality will be needed;
  • refine our knowledge of the sources of pollution so that the AQAP can be targeted; and,
  • take into account, as far as possible, any local developments which are likely to affect air quality that were not fully factored into earlier assessments.

This further assessment will run in parallel with the development of the action plan for Linlithgow. The action plan will focus on effective, feasible, proportionate, and quantifiable measures to reduce air pollution in Linlithgow. It will include partnership working between various West Lothian Council departments and the setting up of a steering group which may include other local authorities. The steering group will actively engage with local businesses, community groups, the public and other interested parties to take the process forward.  

Several steering group meetings have taken place where initial measures to tackle poor air quality in Linlithgow were discussed. A pdf icon draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) [1Mb] has now been drafted and will be subject to public consultation in due course.

Anyone with views on the Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Linlithgow  or general air quality queries can email LinlithgowAirQuality@westlothian.gov.uk or post to West Lothian Council, Environmental Health, c/o West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6FF.