Community air quality monitoring suggestions
There are a few ways we can monitor air quality. We have a number of highly accurate automatic monitoring stations, as well as an extensive network of diffusion tubes around Westminster. Our monitoring network helps shape our policies and interventions to reduce pollution in Westminster. It also helps our communities understand what pollution is like where they live or work. They can then be empowered to make changes to help reduce their own emissions or reduce their exposure to pollution.
In July 2023 we launched our new air quality data platform, which shows the types, locations and results of air quality monitoring in Westminster. This platform allows you to see what monitoring is taking place in your area, as well as look at the longer term trends to see how pollution has changed over time Westminster.
Suggest a monitoring location
As part of our commitment to a Fairer Westminster, we want your suggestions for new air quality monitoring locations across the city.
Fill out the form below, and we will consider your proposed location for air quality monitoring. We’ll get in touch with you with information about the kind of monitoring we think would be most appropriate for you and your location, and how we will take your proposals on board. We’ll also send you details about the different funding avenues open to you and how we as a council can support you if you want to take this further and undertake your own air quality monitoring.
Some things to think about before you fill in our webform
- Do you know what air pollution is already like in your area?
Our new Environmental Justice Measure map includes a combined air pollution index for all wards across the city, and you can see if we monitor air quality already in your area by visiting our new interactive data platform. This platform will also show you historic data so you can see how pollution has changed in your area over time.
- Do we already monitor air pollution near your chosen location?
Check out our new interactive air quality data platform to see whether we monitoring air quality in your area already.
- What are the specific issues you want any monitoring to show?
This will impact on the location you’re suggesting. Will the monitor help us address issues from rush hour traffic, or is it intended to keep track of background pollution levels. Please don’t propose locations to monitor dust from construction sites, as we already do this through the formal planning process.
- How will a monitor help us and you make changes?
We’d love to hear about how you might use the data from any new monitoring location, from sharing the results in your local community through to it helping you feel empowered to change behaviour.