New project provides real-time information about air quality.

An innovative new project is providing real-time information about air quality in Harrogate and Selby.

The Wi-Fi enabled sensors measure a range of pollutants and send data to central website which collates information for analysis.

Local authorities have a duty to produce air quality reports and ensure that key pollutants, that are known to affect the health of people, are monitored. Monitoring is undertaken via a number of different methods, primarily through the monitoring of nitrogen oxide in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) and other key locations

The AQMA in the Harrogate covers two locations in Knaresborough, one in Harrogate and one in Ripon. In Selby, it covers the New Street and The Crescent area.

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said: “We’re always keen to improve the air quality across the district and have a number of schemes to help achieve this.

“To ensure these scheme work we rely on monitoring pollutant levels. These new sensors, using the latest technology, will help us achieve this adapt our approach to continually improve air quality across Harrogate and north Yorkshire.”