These are the 10 neighbourhoods with the worst air quality in Bristol.These are the 10 neighbourhoods with the worst air quality in Bristol.
These are the 10 neighbourhoods with the worst air quality in Bristol.

The 10 Bristol neighbourhoods with the worst air quality, including Easton, St Pauls and Redfield

The figures for air quality in 2019 are the latest available at a neighbourhood level when measuring the concentration of the four pollutants

Air pollution has been a contentious issue in Bristol for some time with the city’s council going as far as to introduce a Clean Air Zone over the city centre area. The zone applies daily charges to more polluting vehicles, ranging from £9 - £100, in a bid to ‘improve air quality by reducing harmful levels of air pollution caused by traffic’ and ‘make sure everyone benefits from a healthy and natural environment’. 

Residents in some areas of Bristol 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. The figures show wide geographical variations in how clean the air is around the country.

Holborn, St Giles and Bloomsbury South in Camden was found to have the worst air pollution levels in the country with a score of 1.90 – six times greater than the Isles of Scilly which had the lowest levels of air pollution at 0.32. The figures show how badly London is affected by air pollution, with the top 50 areas with the highest levels of air pollution all being found in the capital and the five worst affected areas concentrated in Camden and Westminster.

How does your local area compare? Here we reveal the 10 areas in Bristol with the highest levels of air pollution.