Communities around Bedfont Pits are pulling together once more in the hope of pushing through a long-awaited development at the troubled site.
The future of the neglected area, which has for years been targeted by local youngsters for antisocial behaviour and motorbike scrambling and arson attacks, could finally be decided at a four-day public inquiry starting next Tuesday.
An independent inspector will hear pleas from residents' asssociations, schoolchildren and police, and will then write a report for Communities and Local Government secretary Hazel Blears, who will make a decision in the next few months.
Ambleside Drive resident Vanessa Crane is a member of Westmacott Drive Residents Association, which has long supported the scheme.
She said: "Things have been better this year since they put up mounds to stop the bikers but we really need a permanent solution. Lots of people have left this area because of the noise and I don't know what they'd do if it all started up again."
The local community had hoped to see the issue resolved last year after the planning application from developers Chrisfys - which included landscaping for the whole area - was approved by Hounslow Council.
But because the land is technically considered to be part of the 'green belt' they were told in February that the project would need to be considered at a government inquiry.
The Pits: The story so far
Pits delayed by inquiry , Feb 8, 2008
Planning chiefs back Pits plans , July 12, 2007
High jumps for bikers , May 31, 2007
Police crack down on Pits bikers , May 8, 2007
Pits protected by Green Belt rules , May 3, 2007