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Sign up to air pollution alerts

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Residents in St Albans District concerned about air pollution levels are urged to sign up to a free alerts service.

The scheme is particularly helpful to people suffering from lung or heart conditions such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

They can receive advance warning when air pollution is forecast to be moderate, high or very high.

This will allow them to make informed decisions and take action to reduce the risk of suffering a medical episode.

St Albans City and District Council has subscribed to the Air Quality England service to make it available to all of its residents.

Councillor Chris White, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Climate, Environment and Transport, said:

We are committed to cutting harmful emissions and making the District carbon neutral by 2030.

We are making considerable progress with those goals but in the meantime there will still be elevated air pollution from time to time as there is across the country.

Some people are vulnerable to this and these alerts will be extremely useful, helping them to better plan their days.

“I would recommend anyone with concerns about this issue to sign up to the service. There is no cost, so they have nothing to lose.

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Air Pollution Alert System is open to anyone living or working in the two counties.

They can receive alerts by mobile phone text message, voicemail or email. The warnings will be sent out on the evening before a high pollution day.

Guidance from health professionals is sent out with each alert to make people aware of any precautions they may want to take.

The pollution calculations are based on the UK’s Air Quality Branding System and the service does not report on pollen levels.

To sign up, please go to:

Councillor contact:
Councillor Chris White, Leader and Portfolio Holder for Climate, Environment and Transport, Email:
Tel: 01727 845300.

Contact for the Council media:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer: 01727 819533,