Air quality monitoring
We are responsible for air quality monitoring within the district to measure local levels of air pollution.
We have previously used a continuous monitor in a localised 'hotspot' in West Wycombe Village. This site has recently decommissioned since there have been no recorded breaches of our air quality objectives. We are currently monitoring an urban background site within High Wycombe in addition to a location alongside the M40 in Stokenchurch within our Air Quality Management Area.
All continuous monitoring data is collated, analysed and audited by third parties:
Non continuous monitoring
Non continuous or passive monitoring is measured by the use of diffusion tubes. This common method of monitoring airborne pollutants provides a monthly average figure of exposure. The tubes are small and lightweight and can be used anywhere, often attached to street furniture such as lamp posts. Wycombe's current diffusion tube network is used mainly to monitor nitrogen dioxide in 51 locations throughout the district.