Surrey Heath sits to the west of Surrey straddling the M3 motorway, which is the Borough's biggest polluter. The motorway and congested feeder roads that run through settlements such as Camberley, Bagshot and Windlesham are the most obvious sources of pollution with peak time congestion causing vehicle engines to run inefficiently.
Throughout the Borough the Council monitors the air for common traffic related pollutants to ensure areas continue to be compliant with national standards. Currently the Blackwater Valley Group including representatives from SHBC, Guildford BC, Rushmoor BC, and Surrey and Hampshire County Councils are exploring ways in which air quality can be improved adjacent to the A331.
Air Pollution in our Borough
- Think about leaving the car at home - even for just one day per week.
- Cycle to work or school
- Switch off your engine when you’re in stationary traffic or parked (and it’s safe to do so)
- Buying a new car - have you thought about an LPG or electric vehicle?
- Reduce your exposure to air pollution by choosing quieter streets when walking or cycling
- If you own a wood burner always use smokeless fuels or well-seasoned wood, this is wood that has had a chance to dry out properly, so it burns efficiently and with less pollution
- Visit the global action plan website for advice on how to keep air pollution in your home to a minimum