A FORMER councillor has compared the current crop to Basil Fawlty as he predicted the rise of the independents at next May's elections.
The Independent Community Group (ICG) held all six seats in Isleworth and Syon, and with them the balance of power, on the last council.
They lost them all at the 2010 elections, despite getting more votes, but have not given up campaigning on local issues and are gearing up to stand in next May's polls.
The group's elections organiser and former Isleworth councillor Phil Andrews said: "It's looking increasingly likely we will be standing. There would have to be a fairly dramatic change of heart on the part of the local authority for us not to stand."
He told the Chronicle the group had grown increasingly disillusioned with a council it claims refuses to listen seriously to the views of those it represents.
"We want to see a council which interacts with its residents and treats them as equals, not one which thinks we're just getting in the way," he said.
"The way this council acts reminds me of Basil Fawlty (in the 70s BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers) when he accuses his guests of expecting to be 'waited on hand and foot, while I'm trying to run a hotel'.
"I think there could well be other independent candidates and I think they will do better than at the last elections, which unfortunately for us coincided with the general elections."
Mr Andrews is deeply disappointed with the council's new 'statement of community involvement', which sets out its commitment to public consultation.
He claims the promises fall well short of what is needed, dismissing it as a 'statement of community non-involvement'.
He hailed the successful Rainbow Project, which the ICG was instrumental in pushing through, as proof residents know what they want.
Hounslow Homes tenants and leaseholders across the borough were given £1.6 million to spend as they wished, under the scheme, with projects ranging from new community centres to dance and sewing classes.
The ICG has not gone away since its defeat at the polls, continuing to campaign on issues in and around Isleworth.
Its chairman Ian Speed claims Isleworth library and public hall could both have gone were it not for a huge protest organised by the group in 2011 against proposed council cuts.
But the group's biggest victory came later that same year in its 'David and Goliath' battle against bosses of Mogden Sewage Works.
In 2011, a High Court judge ruled Thames Water had not done enough to tackle the pong and awarded damages of more than £20,000 to a handful of the plant's neighbours - opening the path for a wave of similar compensation claims.
"We gave the local authority every opportunity to help in our case against Mogden but it refused and accused us of going off half-cocked," said Mr Speed.
As for challenges lying ahead, the proposed development of more than 100 new homes in Swan Street, Isleworth, is top of the agenda.
"We're concerned about the sheer scale. We know there's a need for extra housing but there are lots of disused sites which could be used," said Mr Speed.
Although the group has yet to decide whether to run next May, it's clear members have given the political permuatations plenty of thought.
Having gone into coalition with the Conservatives last time around, would they consider a similar alliance, or could they team up with Labour if necessary?
"We're prepared to work with anybody who's prepared to consider our objectives," said Mr Andrews.
"We felt the Conservatives were less than honest with us during our latter dealings, but I wouldn't say we could never work with them or Labour. There are always circumstances which change."