Review and assessment process
The review process takes a phased approach on a three-yearly cycle. Review and Assessment reports are produced every three years and, during the interim, progress reports are intended to provide consistency.
We undertook our first Review and Assessment (R&A) in 1999/2000. This showed that all Air Quality Objectives would be met by the due dates and we would not need to declare any Air Quality Management Areas.
If the review process identifies a risk that an objective will be exceeded at a location with relevant public exposure, the local authority is required to undertake a detailed assessment. This is to determine, with reasonable certainty, if a likely exceedance will occur. If this is found to be the case, the area found to be exceeding the objectives would be declared as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).