PLANS to revitalise the Heathrow Villages are taking shape.
Two weeks ago, the Gazette highlighted the mess left behind by almost a decade of third runway blight.
More than 100 residents moved out of Sipson after having their home bought by airport operator BAA, and many more are planning to leave.
But the bought houses sit empty as they are slowly refurbished, meaning businesses are increasingly struggling during what should be a boom season.
The feeling around the place is of a community in limbo, saved from destruction but unsure how to kick on to greater prosperity.
Enter Hillingdon Community Trust, the group formed in the aftermath of Terminal 5's construction, and money required of that project to be ploughed back into the area.
The trust has been meeting people in Sipson and Harmondsworth to discuss ways of putting the villages back on their feet.
Christine Little, a trustee, said: "There is a great enthusiasm for regenerating the community in the area."
Ideas put forward include setting up a business forum, improving road signs and creating a website to promote the area.
The trust is in discussions with Brunel University in Uxbridge to see if a student can help to look at organ-isations and assess their size, needs and capabilities.
The trust is also looking at buying benches in the villages, improving flowerbeds and removing graffiti from fences in Harmondsworth Park.
And a key proposal is to fund the employment of a project worker, to promote the villages as vibrant places to live and work.
Mrs Little said: "It was agreed that for any of the ideas for regeneration to succeed there would need to be a competent individual who could work on them with village groups.
"The trust is researching groups that might be able to manage a community regeneration project in the Heathrow Villages and which might be appropriate to apply for funding to employ a project worker."
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