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Pollution - Air

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There are many different types of air pollutant and these affect our health and the natural and built environment in different ways. Some pollutants have relatively localised effects, some have an impact on the region, while others contribute to changes in national and global atmospheric conditions.

In Cambridgeshire, the major sources of air pollution are motor vehicle emissions together with a number of industrial processes. In Fenland, the Environment Agency regulates emissions from the most potentially polluting processes (for instance, brickworks). The prevention of pollution from other sources, including homes, is the responsibility of local authorities.

The Council's Environmental Protection Team operate several monitoring systems (some of them for the last 30 years) and currently monitors the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide, Smoke, and Sulphur Dioxide across the district.

European legislation determines which pollutants need to be monitored. These are:

  • Fine Particulate matter; called

    PM10 Particulates

  • Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
  • Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Lead

In Fenland, the whole district meets national requirements for the latter four pollutants, which is why we actively monitor the first three.

If you think there is a problem with air pollution in your area you can report it by phone or e-mail:

phone: 01354 654321
e-mail:  environmentalservicesrequests@fenland.gov.uk

If you would like more information on PM10 particulates, Nitrogen Dioxide, and Sulphur Dioxide, please click here.

Smoke/Bonfires

Garden Waste Bonfire

Fenland District Council's Environmental Protection Team receive around 150 complaints every year about smoky bonfires.

Smoke and odour from bonfires can stop people enjoying their homes and gardens and even affect peoples' health.

If you must have a bonfire you are advised to:

  • Site your bonfire away from fences, hedges or buildings.
  • Only burn dry material
  • Never burn rubber, plastic or paint. Don't be tempted to use petrol or other inflammable liquids to start a bonfire.
  • Inform neighbours that you are planning to have a bonfire
  • Take note of wind direction to prevent smoke blowing into neighbour's gardens or across roads.
  • Avoid burning during periods when neighbours may be spending time in their gardens.
  • Supervise the bonfire at all times and do not hesitate to contact the Fire and Rescue Service if safety to people or buildings is at risk.

How can the Council help you?

If you wish to make a complaint about smoke nuisance from commercial or domestic bonfires please contact us by,
phone:  01354 654321
e-mail:   environmentalservicesrequests@fenland.gov.uk

There are 2 links in the top right hand corner of this page which take you to the UK-AIR (Air Information Resource) webpages providing in-depth information on air quality and air pollution in the UK. A range of information is available, from the latest pollution levels, pollution forecast information, a data archive, and details of the various monitoring networks.