The Green Party - Campaigning to improve air quality in Northampton

Update 16th January 2019

Although this page might have gone quiet, it doesn't mean that our work on air quality monitoring has ceased. Towards the end of 2018, Northampton Borough Council launched a public consultation regarding the proposed changes to the Air Quality Management Areas in Northampton. We have already fed back into this consultation but encourage residents of Northampton to also do so - you can find more details of these on the Borough Council website

In the meantime, we have continued to measure air quality across selected locations in the Town Centre, working in conjunction with groups across the town. The details of these measurements are contained on the updated map below. 

Update 30th January 2017.

Towards the end of the year, we made contact with a Residents Group in Wellingborough who were concerned about the Air Quality at the Broad Green area of the town, and who wondered if we could help them to get some measurements. On the 29th January, we put up 2 diffusion tubes to start the process. As per Northampton, we will continue to make our results available on this website as and when they become available. 

The results of our work so far are contained in the attached Google Map. Click on any of the markers to view details of the results.



In Northampton, the Low Emissions Strategy is going through the Scrutiny process at Council. Following on from our work on air quality, the Northamptonshire Green Party has been invited to provide evidence to the Scrutiny Panel, and will be preparing a report in mid February before our appearance in March. 

Northampton has an Air Quality problem. 

There are 7 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in the town, where the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide is above the legal level. The Borough Council, in conjunction with partner organisations across the County has published a Draft Low Emission Strategy, detailing how they are going to try and reduce the levels of pollution. 

This strategy is going out to a public consultation, which will run from 8-12 weeks across the Summer. 

The Northamptonshire Green Party, over the last couple of months, has been starting to run a targeted campaign to look at the air quality ourselves - both inside and outside of the AQMAs, so that we can get a better idea as to how this is affecting health across the town. 

The results of our work so far are contained in the attached Google Map. Click on any of the markers to view details of the results. 



We want to step this up during the period of the public consultation - let's take this opportunity to start a debate about the air quality in the town, and to back it up with solid data that is open to everybody as soon as the lab returns the results.

We place a small measuring device called a diffusion tube on a lamppost next to the road. Over a period of 4 weeks, this measures the amount of Nitrogen Dioxide in the air. The tube is then sent off to a lab for testing and the figures are sent back to us around ten days later.  The following video gives a brief summary of the work that we are doing.


The more tubes we can place, the more complete our data will be. And that's where you can help. 

Can you pledge enough money to our campaign to help us place more tubes?

Every donation will help us to measure in more locations and we have set reward levels where we will place the tube in an area of your choice. 

This really is a big deal. Mortality rates due to respiratory illness in Northampton are above the national average, and they are higher than anywhere else in the County. It's affecting the health of our citizens, and its affecting the life outcomes of our children. 

Let's start trying to fix this. 

27th July 2016