Posted: Wed 16th Sep 2020

New Air Quality Monitor measuring levels of pollutants in Chirk publishes live online for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A new Air Quality Monitor which will measure the levels of two key pollutants over the next five years been installed in Chirk.

The device, in Lloyds Lane, aims to complement the ongoing monitoring already carried out in the area and has been funded by Kronospan as part of a recent planning permission.

The data recorded will be immediately accessible online to help inform residents about what’s going on around them.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “For some considerable time residents in Chirk have asked for continuous air quality monitoring to be installed and I’m really pleased that this station is now up and running and providing useful data.

“Should a similar incident occur, the monitoring results will indicate if there are any elevated levels of pollutants in the air and allow our officers and Public Health Wales to take the most appropriate course of action.

“During the previous incident residents had to wait for air quality monitoring equipment to arrive from South Wales which further complicated an already difficult situation. Thankfully this will not happen again thanks to this station.”

The monitoring results can be viewed live online at , including historic graphs.

What does the air monitoring station do?

The station monitors for the following pollutants which are described here:

  • Fine particles
  • Nitrogen Oxides
  • Levels of the above pollutants are controlled by the Air Quality (Wales) Regulations 2000 (as amended)

It also monitors for:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds, which are a range of organic chemicals which easily vaporise at room temperature
  • Wind Speed and Direction

Wrexham Council say they are currently updating it’s Air Quality website which will provide further details on how to interpret the results from the site, they add, “We will also provide a summary of the monitoring results in our annual Air Quality report which will be assessed by the Welsh Government and then published on our website”.

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