A HOUNSLOW schoolgirl is on a mission to stop fly tippers turning her street into a rubbish dump.
Francesca Formby, 17, of Heath Road, Hounslow, is sick of the area surrounding her home being covered in litter including household objects.
She said: "Where I live is a hot spot for fly tipping, I have even seen needles right next to a primary school.
"I can't even remember when it began it has been going on for so long, and they have the cheek to do it in the middle of the day. The council do come and clear it up, but it takes some pestering and they (the fly tippers) only come back and do it again."
The pupil at Brentford School for Girls is currently studying biology, PE and sociology and hopes to train to be a PE teacher and make it as a professional rugby player.
She added: "I have been part of Hounslow youth council for four years and we do try and make changes in the borough. I would like to see CCTV put up on the road to put off these fly tippers. Once I saw a man trying to dump a mattress but when I said I had taken down his number plate and threatened to call the police he scarpered.
"The problem is the dirtier the area, the worse type of people it attracts and I have definitely seen drug dealing going on down there."
Councillor Colin Ellar, cabinet member for environment, said: "The idea that people are proactive, by taking car registration numbers or photos is enormously helpful. I consider fly tipping and rubbish dumping a problem and the council is totally in agreement with Chronicle's campaign that there does need to be action.
"I appreciate Francesca's suggestion of CCTV as it is unlikely someone will fly tip near cameras, they are not blind, but they will just do it elsewhere. Cameras are an excellent deterrent for a lot of things but you will never get them to cover all the alleys and backstreets.
"It would be wonderful if people didn't throw rubbish on the street but sadly they do and we will have to look at other options. It's my duty as councillor to try and make sure we are doing the very best we can, with the resources we have."