We have has a legal duty to assess airborne pollution in the District – as stated in Part IV of the Environment Act 1995.
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Bonfires and Smoke
There are no bye-laws to prohibit bonfires in the Mid Sussex area but the Environmental Protection Team can investigate any bonfires which are causing a nuisance.
Please note: Smoke caused by garden bonfires can be a statutory nuisance resulting in a possible fine of up to £5,000.
Fuels such as wood and coal can be used in Mid Sussex. But smoke must not cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties.
Please read our bonfire information leaflet for more information and advice on bonfires including composting and recycling.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Mid Sussex
Our Environmental Health Section monitors for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) at sites throughout the district. Nitrogen dioxide is a colourless gas produced by car and other vehicle engines. It can have an impact on health at high levels.
Mid Sussex District Council are members of the Sussex Air Quality Partnership (Sussex Air) which monitors air pollutants across the region and have published guidance for developers on emissions mitigation.
Recent air quality reports:
- Air quality annual status report 2019
- Air quality annual status report 2018
- Air quality annual status report 2017
- Air quality annual status report 2016
- Air Quality Updating & Screening Assessment 2015
- Air quality annual status report 2014
- Air quality annual status report 2013
- Air quality updating and screening assessment 2012
- Detailed assessment 2011
- Air quality annual status report 2011
- Air quality annual status report 2010
- Air quality updating and screening assessment 2009
Stonepound Crossroads Air Quality Management Area Hassocks
This area was designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in March 2012 due to high levels of nitrogen dioxide from traffic. The Stonepound Crossroads AQMA includes parts of Keymer Road, Brighton Road, London Road and Hurst Road.
The boundary of the AQMA has been defined on the basis of the areas which are – or are likely – to exceed the air quality objectives for nitrogen dioxide. And where there is ‘relevant exposure’ where people live close to the road.
An Action Plan was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 11 September 2013 and subsequently approved by Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
A Steering Group has been established to implement the Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) chaired by the Cabinet Member for Health and Community. It includes local District, County and Parish Councillors, together with officers from local government and other relevant organisations, as required.
In order for Stonepound Crossroads to be revoked as an Air Quality Management Area, annual air quality monitoring data will need to show levels of air pollution at consistently below the target.
Environmental Protection Team