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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). A draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) has been developed and will be subject to public consultation. The AQAP will set out measures to reduce air pollution in Newton.

What have we done?

A Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Newton was carried out and indicated that the two main sources of PM10 emissions in the Newton area are fuel combustion and road transport. It also found the following:

  • There were 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; and
  • 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 was 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.

Air Quality Management Area Map - Newton Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window.

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

Where are we now?

The pdf icon Draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) [1Mb] was drawn up and has been subject to public consultation. Section 5 of the draft AQAP details each measure and the service within West Lothian Council with responsibility for taking the measure forward. West Lothian Council is not seeking further views on the draft AQAP.

During the last 3 years air pollution levels have met air quality objectives (limits). Therefore a detailed assessment is being carried out to assess whether the Newton AQMA should remain in place. If the AQMA remains in place, the AQAP will then be finalised.

Air quality queries relating to Newton can be sent to NewtonAirQuality@westlothian.gov.uk or by post to West Lothian Council, Environmental Health, c/o West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6FF.