We are required to regularly review the air quality in the Falkirk Council area by the Scottish Government. This is called Local Air Quality Management.

There are 12 automatic air quality monitoring sites across the area. The air monitoring data from eleven of the sites can be viewed on the Scottish Air Quality website and the Turnkey AirQ website.

We submit reports on local air quality management work to the Scottish Government.

The most recent air quality reports are:

2020 Progress Report
2020 Banknock AQMA Revocation Proposal Report
2019 Progress Report
2018 Progress Report
2017 Progress Report
2016 Progress Report
2015 Updating and Screening Assessment
2015 Falkirk and Haggs Air Quality Action Plan
2014 Progress Report
2013 Progress report
2010 Detailed assessment of PM10 in Banknock

You can get more information about air quality by:

Frequently asked questions

  1. Where does the Council monitor air quality?
  2. What air pollutants is the Council required to monitor?
  3. What pollutants does the Council monitor?

Where does the Council monitor air quality?

We use automatic air monitoring equipment at the following locations:

  • Banknock Kilsyth Road
  • Bo'ness Town Hall
  • Falkirk Grahams Road
  • Falkirk Hope St
  • Falkirk Main St Bainsford
  • Falkirk West Bridge Street
  • Grangemouth Inchyra Park - Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN)
  • Grangemouth Moray - AURN
  • Grangemouth Municipal Chambers
  • Grangemouth Zetland Park
  • Haggs Kilsyth Road

The data from the majority of the automatic monitoring sites is available on the Scottish Air Quality Network.

There are many more locations where non-automatic monitoring using diffusion tubes is carried out. The data is available in the latest air quality report.

What air pollutants is the Council required to monitor?

The Scottish Government requires councils to follow a ‘Review and Assessment’ process in their assessment of air quality. If this process suggests that monitoring may be needed then Falkirk Council may install a diffusion tube or automatic monitor.

Seven pollutants are included in this process: benzene, 1,3 butadiene, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particles (less than 10 µm).

In addition, Falkirk Council looks after some monitoring equipment on behalf of the Scottish Government. These units measure benzene and particles smaller than 2.5 µm.

What pollutants does the Council monitor?

Falkirk Council monitors nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, benzene, 1,3 butadiene and particles (less than 10 µm and 2.5 µm in diameter). The review and assessment process has not identified the need to monitor carbon monoxide or lead.