You should contact your district council if you have any problems
- air pollution
- street cleaning and litter
- food safety
Air pollution in Kent has been acknowledged as a problem for a
number of years.
The quality of the air we breathe has an impact on our health,
as well as the environment.
Pollution and congestion affect all of us, whether we walk,
cycle, use public transport or our cars. Traffic is the fastest
growing contributor to poor air quality in the county.
Since 2000, traffic flows in Kent have increased by 7% and
further growth is likely with further development.
All district councils are required to periodically review air
quality and in some areas of Kent, Air Quality Management Areas
have been declared where air quality is poor and is above the
standards and objectives set out in the National Air Quality
There are currently 32 Air Quality Management Areas in Kent,
which are primarily alongside motorways including the A2, M2, A20,
M20, A25, M25, M26, A28 and A228 corridors as well as parts of
Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Tonbridge and
Tunbridge Wells town centres.
Air Quality Management Areas have also been declared at Dover
Eastern Docks due to shipping emissions and Northfleet industrial
area. Action plans have to be produced for these areas setting out
measures to reduce air pollution.
For further information, please contact your district council.
The Kent and Medway Air Quality Monitoring Network was
established to understand pollution in the county. For more
information on the network or pollution levels in the county,
visit the Kent and Medway Air Quality
There are a number of different sources of noise pollution such
as loud music and noisy machinery. For further information, visit
Protection UK website or contact your district
Street cleaning and litter
Litter is unsightly and can be an environmental health risk.
From rats and mice to cockroaches and fleas, pests can be a risk
to public health or food safety.
Environmental Health Officers are responsible for food safety
issues such as food hygiene at premises and foreign bodies in food.
Trading Standards are
responsible for food composition and best before dates.
Flytipping has an impact on our local environment and how we
view it. It can include general household waste, fridges, garden
refuse, abandoned vehicles and commercial waste. For more
information, visit the Clean Kent website.