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Welcome to Basildon!

Basildon lies 25.6 miles east of central London and 11 miles south of the county town of Chelmsford. The Borough includes the towns of Billericay to the north, Wickford northeast, Laindon south west and Pitsea to the east. Basildon was designated as a new town after World War II in 1948 to accommodate the London population overspill.

As a `new town`, industry is largely separate from the residential areas, therefore road traffic emissions are the principal source of air pollution in the district. Our NO2 diffusion tubes and a continuous NO2, PM10 and SO2 monitoring station at Gloucester Park have kept an eye on air quality, and we have not needed to declare any air quality management areas for poor air quality to date.

The challenge for us is to ensure that as the Borough evolves developments are carefully planned to maintain separation of the people from known areas of poorer air quality. Furthermore, whilst we have not had to declare any air quality management areas we are continually striving to seek improvement through innovative ways. The introduction of reduced speeds on the major feeder roads into Basildon is a good example of a “common sense” measure.

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