Birmingham Air Quality Survey

Closed 3 Apr 2017

Opened 17 Mar 2017

Feedback Updated 11 Apr 2017

We Asked

Birmingham City Council asked for your views on Birmingham’s air quality. We wanted to understand whether or not air quality is important to the people of Birmingham and in what ways; how much it interests you or has an impact on you.

You Said

We received 1,104 responses to this survey – thank you to everyone who took part.

The results showed that Birmingham people are very concerned with the issue of air quality and the negative effects it could have on our city with:

  • 87% of respondents thinking air quality is a ‘serious issue’ to be tackled now;
  • 88% telling us they think air quality has a very serious impact on health; and,
  • 67% saying that air quality was an important consideration when making choices about how they travel.

Those who filled in the survey also told us what they thought contributed most to air pollution. The top three causes chosen were:

  • congestion and vehicles idling in queues;
  • lorries and vans; and,
  • diesel cars.

Respondents also selected the ways in which they thought air pollution could be tackled. The top three ways are:

  • using public transport;
  • more trees and green spaces; and,
  • restricting access for polluting vehicles.

We Did

Birmingham City Council has been working towards creating a greener, more sustainable city for a number of years: working on the basis that every person who lives and works in Birmingham has a right to clean air. For example, through our Birmingham Connected programme we aim to transform the way people travel around the city in an attempt to reduce vehicle emissions.

The results of this Be Heard survey will contribute towards the next phase of our work. This includes feasibility studies to identify areas of Birmingham where air pollution is at its highest so we can create the Clean Air Zone the Government requires Birmingham – and other UK cities – to have in place by 2020 to comply with air quality legislation.


We are interested in hearing residents’ views on air quality.

Birmingham City Council would like to understand whether or not air quality is important to you and in what ways. We want to know how aware you are of issues around air quality in Birmingham. How much does it interest you or have an impact on you? 

What will happen with the findings?

What you tell us will help us understand how Birmingham residents feel about air quality and help us better communicate with you.

Privacy statement

The information you provide will be held and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the council’s privacy policy, which can be found at


By going on to fill out the survey you are giving permission for Birmingham City Council to use the data for the purposes outlined above. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes.



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