The team behind an award-winning clean-up scheme at a run-down Isleworth estate has launched a scathing attack on 'stay away' housing chiefs.
Youngsters on the Worton Estate scooped a top honour in June for helping transform their neighbourhood by clearing skiploads of rubbish and weeds.
But the councillors behind the project this week slammed the lack of support from Hounslow Homes, the council's housing arm.
Isleworth councillor Paul Fisher accused bosses of 'getting something for nothing' by relying on council funds to bankroll the work.
"Hounslow Homes has given no help whatsoever towards the scheme apart from 100 black rubble bags, worth about s2, which it described as a goodwill gesture," he said.
"Everything else, including two skips and grabber lorries, has been paid for out of the council's budget.
"Hounslow Homes is effectively getting something for nothing from a scheme in which it's shown no interest whatsoever."
The project, led by councillors and cops from Isleworth Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), won a bronze award from the Capital Clean-Up campaign.
Youngsters volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh course carried out a survey of the estate's most run-down alleyways before teaming up with police and councillors to develop an action plan.
They then mucked in with a Community Payback group, made up of offenders completing community service, to clear dumped waste and scrub graffiti from walls.
The project proved so successful councillors hope to roll it out to nearby sites like the Ivybridge Estate in Isleworth and Brentford's Syon Estate.
A spokeswoman for Hounslow Homes said its staff were now working with members of the clean-up project to 'develop an achievable solution'.
"We encourage residents to develop community projects, such as the Worton Estate clean-up," she added. "We aim to provide assistance and co-operation wherever possible."