RATS are making life miserable for people living on the former RAF Uxbridge site.
Wallace Close, off Hillingdon Road, is plagued by the vermin, they say, which are living and breeding around the bin stores for the flats.
Children play nearby and some people are now calling for large, industrial bins to be brought in to combat the problem.
The outbuildings where the bins are stored are left over from when the area was an RAF base.
One man, who did not wish to be named, told the Gazette: “When you take out the bin and open the door you can see and hear the rats scurry away.
“The smell in there is disgusting; it stinks of rat urine and faeces.
“There are a lot of young babies and children who play in the grass and the area where the rats go, so the risk of illness is quite real.
“We have contacted environmental health and been told that as it is housing association property that it is up to them to sort it out.
“I know they have been told about the problem so I just hope something is done soon.”
Notting Hill Housing Association, which looks after the properties, told the Gazette that it was working with the people of Wallace Close to rectify the problem.
A spokesman said: “Vermin have been attracted to the area because some tenants have not been taking their rubbish out of the bin sheds for their weekly bin collection.
“Letters have been sent to tenants to advise of the problem, and a cleaner has been hired to help reduce the amount of rubbish left in the bin sheds.
“We have also spoken to an exterminator, who has advised that rats will not be attracted to poison in the grounds as long as rubbish is around for them to eat.
“Two weeks ago, we contacted Hillingdon Council concerning large, commercial, general waste bins and recycling bins for tenants to use.
“Once the commercial bins are in use, we expect the problem to be eradicated.
“If this is still not the case, an exterminator will be called to solve the problem.”