The zeal with which Hounslow's enforcement officers acted against the owner of a local deli (Chronicle, October 2) contrasts sharply with the attitude taken against large pub chains and those responsible for illegal flyposting and fly-tipping in the borough.
I suppose it is easier to target a local shopkeeper who has, against the odds, restored his shopfront, improved the quality of a small shopping parade and restored some community spirit in the area rather than tackle some aggressive businesses who put out all their wares along Hounslow High Street or at numerous other locations across the borough.
I for one would like to know if the council received any complaints against traders in St John's Road and how these were prioritised by officers for any action.
As an association we have repeatedly complained about illegal notices on lamp-posts, litter, pigeon mess and other environmental nuisances only to be told (if we get a reply) that these could not be pursued due to 'lack of resources' or 'shortage of staff'.
Indeed, according to published figures, Hounslow's record for prosecutions against flytipping is one of the worst in London.
It is also ironic that at the same time as the council is producing voluminous documents encouraging us to shop locally, save the planet and reduce our carbon footprint that punitive measures are taken against local businesses who are trying to promote these very policies.
But there again, joined up thinking is not very high on the agenda in local government these days.
DOMINIC WEST Chairman, St John's Residents' Association, Linkfield Road, Isleworth.