We monitor air pollution in the district, check on emissions from industrial processes and investigate complaints about bonfires, odour nuisance and related issues, and we also aim to deliver air quality improvements. For example the Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme

Air quality

Continuous monitoring of 5 pollutants is carried out in Leamington. Current levels of air pollution and the previous day's pollution levels

Checks of pollution levels around the rest of the district are undertaken by various means. Air quality nationwide (DEFRA)

Air quality management areas

Air quality annual status report

This report provides an overview of air quality in Warwick District Council for the previous year:

Action plans 

Download a copy of the Air Quality Action Plan 2015 (2MB, PDF). Copies of our 2015 Air Quality Updating and Screening Assessment are available on request. Following consultation with key stakeholders we have adopted new air quality planning guidance as an addendum to our Air Quality Action Plan. This Low Emission Strategy Guidance was approved at Executive Committee in April 2014 and it establishes the principle of Warwick district as an ‘Emission Reduction Area’. Developers are now required to use ‘reasonable endeavours’ to minimise emissions and, where necessary, offset the impact of development on the environment. 

Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme

The Council in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Volvo Group UK and Stagecoach Midlands have applied for a grant under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme. We are bidding for a grant to bring a fully electric bus route to Leamington Spa. This includes electric buses and opportunity charging  points.

This would be the first on street opportunity charging installation in the UK which we have calculated would deliver significant environmental cost savings.

See our application for an Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme in Royal Leamington Spa.

Smoke and bonfires

We investigate complaints about smoke nuisance and incidents of dark smoke emissions related to domestic and industrial/trade premises. Further information about smoke and bonfires.

Industrial emissions

Certain specified industrial processes fall within Environmental Protection legislation. For details and a list of authorised processes go the industrial emissions page. Controls are imposed over emissions from these processes.

Smoky vehicles

Whilst we have no powers to take action against diesel vehicles producing excessive amounts of smoke, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can take action against lorries (HGV) and buses (PSV) and require the offending vehicle to be checked.

If you see a bus or lorry emitting make a note of the following information:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle description - make, model, colour
  • Company name (if visible)
  • Road name or number and date and time when you saw the vehicle

and then contact DVSA on 0870 6040440 or report a smoky vehicle online.

Please note: It is perfectly normal for diesel engines to emit a little smoke when starting from cold and when accelerating. Please only report vehicles that are producing excessive amounts of smoke continuously.