I write in response to the letter from Councillor Sami Hashmi (August 14), 'Protesters are out of their trees'. As teachers we are of course not against schools.
When the council of the time proposed closing four secondary schools in the south of the borough in the 1990s we campaigned vigorously against this shortsighted move.
Now we have a situation of rising roles, the south is being discriminated against even further.
Several sites are clearly available in the south for one or more new schools.
Yes I was up a tree (and more) and many others joined in the actions too. We have not only massive support from the teach-ers in Brent but from the vast majority of residents, as witnessed by well-wishers both in person and via emails.
It is the wrong site for any school and needs to be developed as a sports ground for all our future champions, not just for a privately taken over and managed academy paid for by our money.
Mr Hashmi talks of the role of the teacher to impart responsibility and citizenship, something the Liberal Democrats should take lessons in.
You were elected on the basis of no school being built on the sports ground, yet reneged on this within a few months.
All the 'consultations received overwhelming opposition to the academy or any school being built on the sports fields. But they weren't democratic as, unlike with the super casino proposal, we were never allowed a vote.
Our children need to learn the lesson that you have to stand up for what is right, have to show that when democracy is under-mined you do not sit back and accept it, you take action.
You talk about wasting taxpayers' money - that is exactly what Brent Council is doing, as Barry Gardiner,MP for the area says, by paying for a temporary school that will be demolished in a few years.
Secretary, Brent Teachers' Association.