Pollution

Air Quality

Air Quality is all about the air we breathe and the effect certain pollutants may have on our health. The standards set are all health related. We monitor air quality continuously at four sites in East Dunbartonshire:

  • Townhead, Kirkintilloch
  • Park Road/Main Street, Milngavie
  • Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs
  • Roman Road/ Drymen Road, Bearsden

You can access East Dunbartonshire Council Annual Progress Reports here.

If you have a respiratory condition, you may wish to sign up for the Air Quality Know and Respond service which gives warnings when air pollutant levels are expected to be higher.

You can view more air quality information on The Scottish Air Quality site.

Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)

These are areas where pollutants may exceed acceptable levels and further action may be needed.  We have two Air Quality Management Areas:

Bishopbriggs 
Bearsden

Smoke control areas and Wood burning stoves

Large areas of East Dunbartonshire are Smoke Control Areas which means it is an offence to burn unauthorised fuel unless it is used in an exempt appliance in these designated areas.   

It is becoming increasingly popular for households to install alternative heat and power sources in their homes. Environmental Health have experienced an increase in complaints about smoke and odour from domestic burning of solid fuel – particularly wood burning stoves.

Before installing an appliance for burning solid fuel in your home you should seriously consider the following:

  • Nuisance from smoke and smell may be experienced by your neighbours and lead to complaints
  • Planning approval may be required
  • Building warrant may be required

*Please note that the law is changing and any solid fuel appliance being installed must be “exempt”. If installing or opening up an open fire, only authorised (smokeless) fuel may be used – no matter where you live.

For further information on authorised fuels and exempt appliances, please visit the Defra website.

For further information on avoiding problems, visit the BURNRIGHT website or contact the Environmental Health team. 

Asbestos

The most common places you may find asbestos in the house are:

  • Garage roof and wall panels
  • Roof tiles
  • Insulation material in heating systems
  • Airing cupboard linings, shelving and doors
  • Textured coating eg Artex
  • Storage heaters
  • Ironing boards

What do I do if I find Asbestos?

We do not survey or dispose of asbestos. If you think you have material containing asbestos in your home- do not disturb it and seek professional guidance on how to deal with it.  Further information can be found on HSE guidance note ‘em9’