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Brent anti academies protest continues

Issue No. 2110

Protesters remain defiant (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Protesters remain defiant (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Brent council went to the courts on Tuesday of this week to win an eviction order against anti academies protestors occupying Wembley Park recreation ground. The protestors have mounted a long running campaign and occupation of the sight of a new City Academy.

At a few hours notice 30 supporters arrived on site and the council decided to withdraw it's plans to use bailiffs at least while the protest continued.

The academy is planned for the north of the borough, an area with plenty of school provision, while there is a desperate need for a new school in the south.

Hank Roberts, the branch secretary of Brent National Union of Teachers, has been served with an injunction barring him from the site for two years. Despite this he was camped out on the roof of the recreation ground social club when council official and bailiffs arrived.

The site – in the shadow of Wembley stadium – is due to receive it's first intake of students from September, despite the fact that there are no suitable facilities. Children will be taught in the recreation grounds social club (which still has it's bar in place) and in portacabins.

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Wed 16 Jul 2008, 18:58 BST
Issue No. 2110
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