TODAY the Chronicle calls on the people of Hounslow to take the future of the town into their own hands.

It is more than five months since Civic Centre chiefs sensationally dumped the main developer of Key Site One.

Despite much talk of a 'masterplan' to transform the town centre, council leaders remain tight-lipped about what progress has been made, let alone when any work might actually begin.

Nearly a month after we first requested an update on the state of play, a council spokesman finally responded this week.

However, all he was able to say was that the council was keen to consult residents extensively and avoid repeating mistakes made with the Blenheim Centre.

"We are looking at how the town centre works as a whole and how it can be improved as a whole," he added.

The Chronicle had a good response last month when we asked readers what should happen to the empty Safeway building. Now we want to hear your ideas for sites across the town centre.

Treaty Centre manager Robin Arbenz called for a town centre manager to help get things moving and 'give Hounslow a heart'.

"Time is of the essence, because what should be the Blenheim Centre is a huge car park with blinking great puddles and rubbish blowing everywhere," he said.

"It's not welcoming to Hounslow and much of that spills over into the High Street, where the street furniture doesn't lend itself to a pedestrian-friendly ambience."

He added that the High Street needed more restaurants to help boost the night-time economy.

The biggest town centre project up for grabs is the £165million second phase of Key Site One, linking the Blenheim Centre with the High Street.

Hounslow Council cut ties with Blenheim Norwest, the company responsible for Phase 1, in November, after losing confidence in it.

Hounslow Bus Garage is one of a number of sites earmarked for development to the east of the High Street, where the number of empty shops and flytipping sites grows by the week.As shoppers tire of the ever-expanding empire of pound shops, empty stores and litter-strewn streets, the Chronicle wants to hear your ideas to transform the High Street.

What do you think should happen to the blighted houses in Holloway Street?

Does Hounslow need a cinema, a swimming pool, an ice rink or all three?

Would a weekly market help attract a different crowd to the High Street or do you want more big name stores?

Whatever your views, let us know by emailing or writing to: Hounslow Chronicle, 93 Staines Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3JB