AN ONLINE gallery of photos that names and shames the grottiest spots in the borough has prompted a warning about litter picking, after the discovery of dirty needles.
Feltham North councillor Mark Bowen, who is standing against MP Alan Keen at the election, uploads pictures of unsightly areas to his blog to promote the importance of reporting litter, graffiti and fly-tipping.
But Bedfont resident David Coward advises caution to householders who might be tempted to tidy up after the discovery of a dozen syringes in shrubbery in New Road, Feltham.
Cllr Bowen's blog is one of several moves by the administration that he says have reduced the levels of graffiti in the town by half over the last three years.
He said: "It shows what can be achieved if residents report what they see to the council via the council's website. I was looking for issues while I was out and about and I have reported them so they can be resolved."
Mr Coward, chairman of the Feltham and District Rifle Club, supports the campaign but got a shock when he was asked by the council to clear the shrubbery near the clubhouse.
He said: "One of the council workers came to help me and we found a lot of syringes in there, I didn't want to get involved. I panicked and someone else had to come along to do it.
"If people are going to go around spotting litter and even picking it up they need to be careful."
Hundreds of pictures have been taken and displayed on the site including scrawls on walls and fences and dumped items such as mattresses and electrical equipment.
But rather than highlight the negative aspects of the town, Cllr Bowen said the project reiterates the importance of public participation, with around 100 hits on the site every day.
He said: "It just goes to show the difference people can make if they report these things to the council. We have seen more and more people going onto the website to report things, there is a facility that allows people to upload photographs."
To see the pictures for yourself go to www.bowenblog.wordpress.com/