Air and Land Pollution
Consultation: Review of Air Quality Management Areas in Widnes Town Centre
Closes 7th June 2023
The council is consulting on revoking the air quality management areas in Widnes Town Centre for more information and to respond to the consultation visit our consultation page.
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Certain companies with industrial processes which have the potential to emit significant amounts of pollution are required to have a permit. The permit sets conditions which will keep pollution emissions to a minimum. Permits are issued under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 . To report any issues please
Permits are issued by
- Part A1 Installations - The Environment Agency
- Part A2 Installations - Halton Borough Council
- Part B Installations - Halton Borough Council
Details of fees charged can be found from
A register of installations that have been issued with a permit by Halton Council can be found
The Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 places a duty on persons in control of premises to notify us in writing of 'notifiable devices'. Notifiable Devices consist of cooling towers and evaporative condensers, except where they contain water that is not exposed to the air, and the water and electricity supply are not connected. If a tower becomes redundant or dismantled, this should also be notified.
For further information please
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There are two Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs),
AQMA 1 &
AQMA 2 in Halton
Halton has produced an Air Quality Action Plan.
For further information please
How does land get contaminated?
Land may become contaminated when substances have found their way on or into the ground - often due to industrial disposal, leaks or spillages. These substances may still be present in the ground above background or acceptable levels. Land formerly used by industries may now be used for other purposes which are more sensitive to the potential effects of contamination. Our
Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy sets out how we inspect our area for potentially contaminated land.
Report an incident
To report an incident please
contact us. If you have seen or are concerned about fly-tipping you can report
Deciding if land is contaminated
When we investigate contaminated land we follow
guidance set out by DEFRA.
Enquiries & Searches
Information relating to statutory designation under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, e.g. details of an entry on the Statutory Register.
Searches for land contamination information for a given property or site against all information held by HBC relating to known or potential contamination including historical land use, landfill locations and details of site investigations and remediation contamination. The charge varies depending on the size of the site for which information is requested. Please
contact us contact us to request this service.
|Requests For Information Regarding Potentially Contaminated Land||Cost (£)|
| For premises equivalent to less than 1 hectares in size, (e.g. a single domestic property or a small factory unit) :|
| The Premises Site Only|| 76.50|
| Any search of the premises site and the land within 250 metres of the site boundaries|| 122.40|
| Any search of the premises site and the land within 500 metres of the site boundaries|| 204.00|
| For premises equivalent to more than 1 hectares in size, (e.g. a Housing estate or a large factory unit)|
| The premises site only|| 122.40|
| Any search of the premises site and the land within 250 metres of the site boundaries|| 204.00|
| Any search of the premises site and the land within 500 metres of the site boundaries|| 279.48|
| Additional enquiries charged at hourly rate|| 60/hr|
Contaminated land register
We're required to maintain a public register of sites determined as "contaminated land". The register is intended as a complete record of all the action we take to identify and reverse the environmental damage of contaminated land. To request an appointment please