Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Cleaner, greener, safer - our transport vision for Portsmouth 

Charging clean air zone consultation open until Wednesday 26 August

Cleaner air in Portsmouth is important for eveyones health and the clean air zone is just one of many ways we will improve the air we breath.

The Charging Clean Air Zone consultation is an opportunity to have your say on how the zone will operate. The government has already confirmed we need to operate a zone from 2021 to the south west of the city that would charge owners of older more polluting HGV's, taxis and private hire vehicles, buses and coaches. The consultation aims to give everyone an opportunity to have their say on how the zone operates and how we can fairly support drivers with older polluting vehicles. Find out more about the clean air zone.

Take part in the Clean Air Zone consultation.

If you are a local business, and/or own vehicles for business use, please take part in our survey for businesses.


Air Quality in Portsmouth

The council performs an annual review and assessment of pollution in Portsmouth  to meet our statutory obligations, according to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Local Air Quality Management Technical Guidance. To achieve this, we monitor air quality with the help of continuous monitoring stations at key locations across the city which provide us with real-time air quality monitoring data.

In Portsmouth, the main pollutants which may impact on human health are principally the products of combustion from road  traffic - mainly nitrogen dioxide. There are currently five Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) predicted to exceed the annual nitrogen dioxide National Air Quality Objective (NAQO) - their locations are represented in red on the 'AQMA Locations' map, available in the documents section below.

Every year we publish all of our results in the Annual Statement Report. The 2018 Annual Statement Report on air quality is available below, along with a summary document detailing the locations of our monitoring sites, and results. The 2019 report will be published during the summer.

Visit My Journey website to find out the facts about air quality, effects on health and help bust the myths on engine idling.


Air pollution queries

Please contact us with any air pollution-related queries or comments by email at public.protection@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or alternatively, phone City Help Desk on 023 9283 4167.

For queries relating to the Clean Air Zone please email us at CAZHelpDesk@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or alternatively, phone City Help Desk on 023 9283 4167.

Cleaner air for Portsmouth 

Air pollution has serious effects on our health and environment.  Improving the air we breathe in Portsmouth is a top priority for Portsmouth City Council and one we can all play our part in.

Air Quality Local Plan

Alongside many other busy cities around the UK, Portsmouth has been identified as a city that needs to reduce air pollution levels as quickly as possible.

We are working closely with Government's Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) to develop a plan to ensure that levels of nitrogen dioxide in the city are reduced below legal limits in the shortest possible time. This is known as our Air Quality Local Plan.

The process that we have to follow to produce our Air Quality Local Plan has been set out by JAQU and there are a number of documents that we are required to submit to Government for review. The outline business case has now been submitted to Government for them to review, and we expect to hear feedback on this soon.

Download the business case document