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Newton Air Quality Management Area

An Air Quality Management Area in Newton was declared in July 2016 due to exceedances of 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 Newton. The action plan will focus on effective, feasible, proportionate, and quantifiable measures to reduce air pollution in Newton.

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

The modelling study within the report indicated the following:

  • The 2 main sources of PM10 emissions in the Newton area are fuel combustion and road transport.
  • There are exceedances of the PM10 annual mean Scottish Objective in most of Newton.
  • Non road-traffic PM10 concentrations account for a significantly high proportion, up to 91.3% of total PM10 concentrations within the study area.
  • The contribution from road traffic to PM10 concentration is higher for the receptors closer to the road.
  • When only comparing the contribution of road traffic and domestic fuel combustion, the largest contribution at each receptor comes from domestic fuel combustion. The contribution of domestic fuel combustion goes from 50.2% for receptors closest to the road up to 92.6% for receptors further away from the road, excluding the background contribution.

More information can be found in the pdf icon Detailed Assessment of Newton [910kb].

In light of the Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Newton 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 objective. A consultation on the proposed AQMA for Newton ran from the 16 May 2016 to 20 June 2016. The views gathered during this period were considered. An Air Quality Management Order was drafted and finalised in July 2016 declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Newton due to exceedances of fine particulates (PM10). More information can be found in the pdf icon AQMA Order for Newton [276kb].

The boundaries mirror those in the West Lothian Local Development Plan Proposed Plan.

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2016 Newton AQMA Map Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Newton Air Quality Map

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 Newton. The action plan will focus on effective, feasible, proportionate, and quantifiable measures to reduce air pollution in Newton. 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 Newton 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 Newton or general air quality queries can email NewtonAirQuality@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.