CARLY Jones is not alone in bemoaning the shoddy state of parts of the Heathrow villages (What will Olympic visitors think?, Letters, February 3).
For many years, villagers have felt like the borough's poor relations.
When the area deteriorates, not helped by the runway threat, it is no surprise that demoralisation sets in and people make less effort to maintain their own properties.
It's a vicious circle. But if we want to see a change, we need to work together.
Last May I joined other residents and environmentalists to improve colourless borders and verges in Harlington, Harmondsworth and Sipson with plants donated by the Chelsea Flower Show.
Being unable to select less thirsty varieties, keeping the plants watered was a tough job but worth the effort. In Harlington, passers-by stopped to chat and appreciated this small improvement.
Maybe the council will offer us some plants to keep the beds going this year. A little support might encourage more pride in our surroundings.
The litter problem in Harlington is worsened by refuse sacks put out too early and then splitting, and litter bins being overloaded with domestic waste.
Our street cleaner does his best but has to pile the bags of litter he collects by the noticeboard on the green. This mountain of rubbish just encourages more fly-tipping at what should be the village showpiece.
I have tried to get the collection point moved, but one lone voice is easy to ignore.
Let's resurrect our residents' association. Our MP hopes to hold a public meeting soon to sign up volunteers.
If you are a Street Champion, come to the next meeting today (Wednesday). If not, sign up and make sure the council doesn't forget us.
Raywood Close Harlington
Editor's note: Christine Taylor is vice-chairwoman of anti-third runway group NoTRAG.