Pensioners are still meeting in a dilapidated Scout hut more than two years after plans for a new day centre got the green light.
Legal wranglings mean Heston & Isleworth Older People's Centre is no closer to realising its dream of a new meeting place - despite no one apparently objecting to the proposals.
The charity got permission in December 2005 to demolish its existing centre in London Road and replace it with a new centre and three storeys of flats to pay for the work.
But a covenant dating back to the trust's formation requires the site to be used exclusively for the benefit of older people - ruling out flats - and overturning planning covenants is a long and costly process.
Cllr Rajinder Bath (pictured), who chairs a committee overlooking the charity, said little progress had been made in the last two years.
"It's in very bad shape and isn't the ideal place for elderly residents, especially in the winter," he added.