Taking action... Wembley Park Action Group vs Brent Council

A campaign group has been evicted from the site of a soon-to-be built City academy. The group had formed a 'tent city' on a sports ground near Wembley Stadium in protest. Up to 12 protesters were living on the site permanently with up to 100 others visiting regularly.

Tent city: Wembley Park Sports Ground
Tent city: Wembley Park Sports Ground

Protesters: Wembley Park Action Group
Target: Brent Council
Location: Wembley Park Sports Ground
Date: Up to 18 July

 

Why the fuss?

The group is protesting against the "privatisation" of the education system. It says the academy will mainly be funded by the taxpayer but controlled by private individuals. It argues that there are enough schools in the borough.

What did the council say?

Brent Council has won a possession order against tent city, and an injunction against group leader Hank Roberts on the grounds of trespass. It argues that the borough desperately needs the new school places and that the building work must start this year. The council's director of children's services John Christie said: 'It is staggering to what lengths the opposition has gone to stop this urgently needed school, particularly when young people's education is at stake.'

How have the media covered it?

The Guardian carried the headline 'Tent Protester Digs in Against Academies' while the New Statesman said it was 'one of the longest and most bitter protests against the accelerating privatisation of the UK education system'.

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