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Linlithgow Air Quality Management Area

An Air Quality Management Area in Linlithgow was declared in April 2016 due to exceedances of both Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates (PM10). A draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) has been developed and will be subject to public consultation. The AQAP will set out measures to reduce air pollution in Linlithgow.

What have we done?

A Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Linlithgow has been carried out and found the following:

  • NO2 concentrations in excess of the 40 μg.m-3 annual mean objective occurred at 342 High Street where the predicted NO2 annual mean concentration is 40.6 μg.m-3.
  • There were no exceedances of the NO2 annual mean objective at first floor height where there are residential properties
  • Annual mean PM10 concentrations in excess of the 18 μg.m-3 Scottish objective occurred at several locations along High Street including 10 residential properties.
  • At specified receptors, High St 16, 17 and 18, the predicted NO2 annual mean is below the annual mean objective. However these results should be considered in context with the estimated model uncertainty which was 3.91 μg.m-3. There is a risk that the annual mean objective may also be exceeded at ground level residential properties at these locations

More information can be found in the Detailed Assessment of Linithgow [2MB] .

In light of the Detailed Assessment of Air Quality in Linlithgow using the available monitoring data from 2014, West Lothian Council declared an Air Quality Management Area for the exceedances of the Scottish PM10 annual mean and Nitrogen dioxide annual mean objectives. A consultation on the proposed AQMA for Linlithgow ran from the 7 March 2016 to 7 April 2016. The views gathered during this period were considered. An Air Quality Management Order was drafted and finalised on the 25 April 2016 declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Linlithgow due to exceedances of both Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates (PM10). More information can be found in the  AQMA Order for Linlithgow [758KB] .

The boundaries mirror those in the West Lothian Local Development Plan Proposed Plan. This includes Linlithgow, Linlithgowbridge and land allocated for development.

Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) Map for Linlithgow. Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window.

Air Quality Map - Linlithgow

Where are we now?

The Draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) [1MB] was drawn up and has been subject to public consultation. Section 5 of the draft AQAP details each measure and the service within West Lothian Council with responsibility for taking the measure forward. West Lothian Council is not seeking further views on the draft AQAP.

During the last 3 years air pollution levels have met air quality objectives (limits). Therefore a detailed assessment is being carried out to assess whether the Linlithgow AQMA should remain in place. If the AQMA remains in place, the AQAP will then be finalised.

For further information or queries on the draft Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) for Linlithgow or general Linlithgow air quality queries, email or post to West Lothian Council, Environmental Health, c/o West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6FF.