A NOTORIOUS underpass that was the site of a violent robbery on a pensioner will not be fitted with CCTV cameras, much to the dismay of residents and parents.
The Carlyon Road subway, which goes under the A312 Hayes bypass, had been long regarded as a crime hotspot.
Residents' worst fears were realised in November 2008 when Valerie Dancer was attacked in broad daylight as she made her way to a friend's house. She was 63 at the time.
Mrs Dancer was robbed of her handbag and suffered serious head injuries. Her attacker has never been caught.
The underpass is in a poorly lit area, enclosed by overgrown shrubbery, and there have been numerous reports of muggings and sexual assaults.
Transport for London (TfL), which is responsible for the subway, has pledged to turf and reshape the embankments to improve visibility to the underpass entrances, and install additional lighting and fencing to deter people from hiding in bushes.
This work is due to be completed by the end of this year - but CCTV does not feature in their plans, despite recommendations.
Rachel Moustafa, secretary of the Warren Park Residents' Association, said: "Just after the terrible incident involving Mrs Dancer, it seemed as though something was going to be done, and CCTV would be the ultimate deterrent for any would-be criminals.
"So we can't help but be hugely disappointed by the decision.
"The improvements made so far have made a difference, but there are still problems - it's still secluded and people use it as an escape route and a dumping ground for bags and weapons."
The subway is near Yeading Infant and Junior School, and despite the convenience of the route for people living on the opposite side of the under-pass, it is still avoided by many parents.
Following an inspection of the site by TfL in January 2009, a report was published which stated the area was 'particularly prone to opportunist offending, especially against vulnerable individuals'.
CCTV was one of the recommendations, and Hillingdon Council had agreed to provide the cabling equipment and monitor the images.
Councillor John Major, of Barnhill Ward, slammed TfL for its U-turn.
"I am appalled they have gone back on their word. It is totally irresponsible.
"Sadly, the problems residents had been experiencing were highlighted when Mrs Dancer was attacked, and we have had several assurances that the work would be carried out.
"For me, a firm commitment was made to provide the funding.
"It seems that somebody needs to get killed there before they really take notice." * Do you avoid the Carlyon Road subway? What do you make of TfL's decision? Email jackgriffith@ trinitysouth.co.uk.