The below examples of Annual Review and Assessment Reports (ASRs, L-ASRs, APRs and PRs) demonstrate a range of good practice approaches taken by local authorities. They cover a range of local authority areas all varying in size, extent of monitoring network, and range of emission sources present. The examples have been split into the following regions:
The appraisal team has accepted all of the reports as appropriate and deemed them as meeting the required standard. Their inclusion here as Examples of Good Practice are made on the basis of the overall approach to the annual report taken by the authority, which may prove useful to other authorities embarking on their own Annual Review and Assessment Reporting process.
Please note that some of the example documents provided may not have been made fully accessible. Please contact the relevant local authority if you require an accessible copy.
England (non-London) ASRs
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council: A well written report in which a detailed modelling study has been included as part of the assessment. There is detailed discussion and presentation of monitored trends.
A well written report in which a detailed modelling study has been included as part of the assessment. There is detailed discussion and presentation of monitored trends.
Released: (PDF, 2.1 MB, 52 pages)
Bath and North East Somerset Council: A very detailed report. Detailed opening summary providing a comprehensive overview of monitoring in 2018. The report contains details of monitoring using AQMesh pods. The list of measures and progress towards each measure is set out clearly and includes what has been achieved, the planned actions to progress in the following year and any foreseen challenges. The report includes comparisons with national trends.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 0.8 MB, 52 pages)
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council: This report contains a very accessible section on ‘Local Engagement and How to Get Involved’.
Released: April 2019 (PDF, 5.0 MB, 57 pages)
Chorley Borough Council: Good executive summary which gives an overview of air quality issues and local challenges. Good discussions around monitoring trends and analysis of causes.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 1.7 MB, 44 pages)
Elmbridge Borough Council: Very thorough QA/QC section contained within this report inclusive of bias adjustments and justification for the choice of factors. The distance correction tool has been used correctly within this report and the presentation of maps is clear and detailed showing an overview of monitoring locations.
Released: July 2019 (PDF, 3.5 MB, 63 pages)
Gedling Borough Council: Very detailed introduction which gives a comprehensive introduction to air quality and the pollutants of concern as well as sources of emissions. Measures to improve air quality and their progress is set out in detail in Table 2.2 of the document.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 4.7 MB, 64 pages)
Hambleton District Council: This report contains a good example of a clear and concise executive summary and is useful for LAs considering revoking an AQMA. Good presentation of monitoring data and discussion. Additional graphs are included which are useful for identifying specific data trends.
Released: June 2019 (DOCX, 3.9 MB, 51 pages)
Harrogate Borough Council: This report is well formatted and follows the template’s structure. There is detailed discussion of PM2.5 and a good outline of how the Air Quality Action Plan measures have been implemented. Clear maps showing monitoring locations are included. QA/QC details are included in Appendix C and provide good additional detail.
Released: June 2019 (DOCX, 2.8 MB, 76 pages)
Huntingdonshire District Council: This report provides good detail on the four air quality management areas within the district. Good discussion of monitoring trends and good discussion around the intention to revoke AQMAs. Good presentation of maps including clear visualisation of AQMAs.
Released: (PDF 3.0 MB)
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council: A well structured report which closely follows the template. A detailed executive summary with a good summary of extensive monitoring results. Well set out table of measures to improve air quality.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 2.6 MB, 69 pages)
Norwich City Council: Detailed, extensive and comprehensive executive summary which promotes involvement and encourages action from the local community. Good use of maps throughout the report. Detailed and extensive section incorporating analysis on all pollutants including Ozone. Discussion around individual monitoring locations.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 2.4 MB, 64 pages)
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council: This report demonstrates good collaboration between Local Authorities to compile an Air Quality Action Plan. Good visual representation of monitoring trends. The report gives details regarding local industry and its effect on the monitoring results. Detailed discussion around PM2.5. QA/QC details are included in Appendix C and provide good additional detail.
Released: (PDF, 1.7 MB, 47 pages)
Richmondshire District Council: The report is concise as a result of good air quality within the district. The monitoring data is well presented showing good data trends, a clear explanation of bias and excellent maps.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 2.0 MB, 32 pages)
South Kesteven District Council: This report includes discussions around removing the hourly mean NO2 objective from consideration. Good presentation of monitoring trends and maps of monitoring locations. Good discussion around PM2.5 inclusive of health impacts.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 2.1 MB, 44 pages)
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council: Good example of amended monitoring locations. Good discussion of PM2.5. Generally well laid out and formatted. Good use of graphs to display monitored trends within the AQMA. Well presented maps.
Released: July 2019 (PDF, 1.6 MB, 61 pages)
Worcester City Council: This report is a good example for declaration of a new city wide AQMA. There is detailed analysis of the monitoring data. Proactive measures are being taken and are detailed within the report, the progress on measures within the report is detailed, comprehensive and extensive.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB, 77 pages)
London Annual Status Reports (L-ASRs)
London Borough of Richmond: Demonstrates a good discussion around Diffusion Tube Monitoring results, monitoring trends and how local influencing factors such as the LEZ have affected local pollutant levels. It includes discussions regarding both London-wide and borough specific measures.
Released: July 2019 (PDF, 2.3 MB, 68 pages)
London Borough of Sutton: Useful visualisation of data by presenting colour coded maps showing monitoring sites above the Air Quality Objective. Trend analysis is clear and well documented. The report includes a detailed section on management and mitigation measures progress with clearly signposted and well linked references to further information.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 1.3 MB, 34 pages)
Scotland Annual Progress Reports (APRs)
Angus Council: A good example of a report where monitored levels of pollutants are comfortably below relevant objectives. A good breakdown of new developments including biomass is included.
Released: July 2019 (PDF, 0.7 MB, 36 pages)
Argyll & Bute Council: Contains a good example of a concise executive summary to give a good overall picture of air quality within the local authority. Good example of how to analyse trends in NO2 in urban areas. The maps contained within the report are well labelled and supported by an overview of all locations and more detailed maps of areas of monitoring.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 3.4 MB, 37 pages)
Dundee City Council: Good example of presenting a large number of measures concisely. The report provides a useful reference for those Councils with exceedances which monitor multiple pollutants. Good analysis of monitoring trends.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 7.4 MB, 132 pages)
East Renfrewshire Council: A good example of an authority which does not have any monitored exceedances of air quality objectives but is putting measures in place to further reduce pollutant levels.
Released: June 2019 (PDF, 3.6 MB, 36 pages)
Moray Council: Good example of analysis of Biomass sources and supporting monitoring commentary. Good example of a concise report for where pollutant levels are comfortably below the relevant thresholds.
Released: June 2019 (DOC, 0.6 MB, 43 pages)
Wales Annual Progress Reports (APRs)
North Wales Collaborative Authorities: A good example of a report for combined local authorities.
Released: September 2019 (PDF, 3.8 MB, 116 pages)
Northern Ireland Progress Reports (PRs)
Belfast City Council: The report template is followed well with detailed discussion in each section relating to local factors which may influence concentrations. Helpful discussion of planning applications with a summary of how local air quality effects have been assessed and their conclusions.
Released: June 2019 (PDF 2.0 MB, 85 pages)