LAQM Reporting: Examples of Good Practice - Annual Reports

These examples of Annual Review and Assessment Reports (ASRs, L-ASRs, APRs and PRs) demonstrate a range of good practice approaches taken by local authorities in England (non-London), LondonScotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to the development of annual reporting for their jurisdiction, which vary in size, extent of monitoring network, and range of emission sources.

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.

The initial Good Practice Matrix Table provides a quick lookup guide to sign-post towards individual reporting sections considered as good practice, whilst more detailed commentary is subsequently provided against the individual reports to further assist local authorities in identifying relevant good practice.

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Examples of Annual Reports:
 
Local Authority and Report TypeReport Sections Considered as Good Practice
Executive Summary: Air Quality in Our Area
Section 1: Local Air Quality Management
Section 2: Actions to Improve Air Quality
Section 3 for ASRs, and 3 to 6 for APRs and PRs: Air Quality Monitoring Data and Comparison with Air Quality Objectives and National Compliance
Appendix A: Monitoring Results
Appendix B: Full Monthly Diffusion Tube Results
Appendix C: Supporting Technical Information / Air Quality Monitoring Data QA/QC
Appendix D (included in C for Scottish APRs): Map(s) of Monitoring Locations and AQMAs

England (non-London) Annual Status Reports (ASRs)

Bath and North East Somerset Council - 2019 ASR

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Harrogate Borough Council - 2019 ASR 

 

 

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Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council  - 2019 ASR 

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Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council - 2019 ASR

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Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - 2019 ASR

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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council - 2019 ASR

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Chorley Borough Council - 2019 ASR

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Elmbridge Borough Council - 2019 ASR

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Gedling Borough Council - 2019 ASR 

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Huntingdonshire District Council - 2019 ASR 

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Norwich City Council - 2019 ASR 

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Richmondshire District Council - 2019 ASR 

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South Kesteven District Council - 2019 ASR 

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Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council - 2019 ASR 

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Hambleton District Council - 2019 ASR

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Worcester City Council - 2019 ASR

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London Annual Status Reports (L-ASRs)

London Borough of Richmond - 2019 ASR  X X X X X X X  
London Borough of Sutton - 2019 ASR  X X X X X X   X

Scotland Annual Progress Reports (APRs)

Angus Council - 2019 APR

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Argyll & Bute Council - 2019 APR 

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Dundee City Council - 2019 APR 

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East Renfrewshire Council - 2019 APR

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Moray Council - 2019 APR 

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Wales Annual Progress Reports (APRs)

North Wales Collaborative Authorities - 2019 APR

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Northern Ireland Progress Reports (PRs)

Belfast City Council  - 2019 PR 

Detailed progress reporting structure, refer to main table for explanation of good practice

 

Report Type Good Practice Example

England (non-London) Annual Status Reports (ASRs)

2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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. 

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 

This report contains a very accessible section on 'Local Engagement and How to Get Involved'.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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. 

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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2019 ASR - England

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.

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London Annual Status Reports (L-ASRs)
2019 L-ASR -  London

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.

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2019 L-ASR - London

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.

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Scotland Annual Progress Reports (APRs)

2019 APR - Scotland

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. 

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2019 APR - Scotland

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.

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2019 APR - Scotland

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.

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2019 APR - Scotland

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.

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2019 APR - Scotland 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.

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Wales Annual Progress Reports (APRs)

2019 APR - Wales

North Wales Collaborative Authorities

A good example of a report for combined local authorities. 

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Northern Ireland Progress Reports (PRs)

2019 PR - Northern Ireland

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.

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