Air pollution in Ashfield: The 11 neighbourhoods with the worst air quality

Residents in some areas of Ashfield are living with higher levels of air pollution than their neighbours in other parts, official Government estimates show.

Breathing in dirty air can increase the risk of respiratory infections, heart disease and lung cancer, and concern over these health risks has prompted many cities across the UK to introduce or plan low emission zones.

The Indices of Multiple Deprivation, published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, measures local deprivation levels by analysing various factors affecting communities, such as income, health, crime and pollution levels.

The pollution data, published in 2019, estimates the concentration of four pollutants – nitrogen dioxide, benzene, sulphur dioxide and particulates – all of which can cause ill health.

The higher the score, the higher the levels of air pollution in the local area with any score over 0.94 going above the England average.

How does your local area compare?

Here we reveal the 11 areas in Ashfield with the highest levels of air pollution, all scoring above the average for England.