We are required to regularly review the air quality in the Falkirk Council area by the Scottish Government. This is called Local Air Quality Management.
There are 10 automatic air quality monitoring sites across the area. The air monitoring data from 9 of the sites can be viewed on the Scottish Air Quality website and the Turnkey AirQ website.
We submit reports on local air quality management work to the Scottish Government.
The most recent air quality reports are:
Air Quality Management Areas
Under section 83(1) of the Environment Act 1995, Falkirk Council has a responsibility to comply with relevant regulations when managing local air quality. The Council completes its Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) duties by managing an extensive air quality monitoring network, assessing results and reporting on areas of existing or anticipated poor air quality - declared via Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA).
More information can be found at the following links:
Falkirk Council currently (as of March 2023) has 2 active AQMAs, these are:
Falkirk Town Centre
Declared 31 January 2013 for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – annual mean.
Declared 01 November 2005 for sulphur dioxide (SO2) – 15 minute mean.
Falkirk Council currently (as of November 2023) has 3 revoked AQMAs, these are:
- Falkirk Town Centre
Declared 25 January 2013 for particulate matter (PM10) – 24 hour and annual mean. Revoked on 03 March 2023.
Declared 18 March 2010 for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – annual mean. Revoked on 05 October 2021.
Declared 18 August 2011 for particulate matter (PM10) – 24 hour and annual mean. Revoked on 07 January 2021.
You can get more information about air quality by calling UK-Air or visiting any of the following websites:
Frequently asked questions
- Where does the Council monitor air quality?
- What air pollutants is the Council required to monitor?
- What pollutants does the Council monitor?
Where does the Council monitor air quality?
We use automatic air monitoring equipment at the following locations:
- Bo'ness, Town Hall
- Falkirk, Hope St
- Falkirk, Main Street, Bainsford
- Falkirk, West Bridge Street
- Grangemouth, Inchyra Park - Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN)
- Grangemouth, Moray - AURN
- Grangemouth, Municipal Chambers
- Grangemouth, Zetland Park
- Haggs, Kilsyth Road
The data from the majority of the automatic monitoring sites is available on the Scottish Air Quality Network.
There are many more locations where non-automatic monitoring using diffusion tubes is carried out. The data is available in the latest air quality report.
What air pollutants is the Council required to monitor?
The Scottish Government requires councils to follow a 'Review and Assessment' process in their assessment of air quality. If this process suggests that monitoring may be needed then Falkirk Council may install a diffusion tube or automatic monitor.
What pollutants does the Council monitor?
Falkirk Council monitors nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, benzene, 1,3 butadiene and particulate matter (PM10+2.5). The review and assessment process has not identified the need to monitor carbon monoxide or lead.