PROTESTERS campaigning against plans to build a city academy in Wembley Park say the fight is not over despite proposals being given the go-ahead.
Members of Wembley Park Action Group (WPAG) lined the steps of Brent Town Hall last night armed with placards calling for the controversial proposals to be scrapped.
However, even though the Liberal Democratic-led council's Conservative coalition partners opposed the plans, the full planning application for the Ark Academy in Bridge Road, was passed.
But Jean Roberts, member of the WPAG, vowed the group will be holding a meeting at the end of the week to discuss legal action against the decision.
She said: "It was not surprising the application was approved. We are looking at legal action and to take this to the High Court. We will find ways to take this to the very top.
"Four years ago we said this was the wrong site. Other more suitable sites have been surveyed. We need a school in the south of the borough.
"Obviously it would have been brilliant for the plans not to have gone through but this certainly isn't the end of the fight."
Members of Barnhill Residents' Association spent thousands of pounds of their own money on traffic surveys, legal representation, and an expert to carry out a flood risk assessment.
There is also fear that traffic and parking will become a nightmare for parent's trying to drop their children off at the school and for local residents living in the surrounding area.
Jack Gordon, of Carlton Avenue East, said: "It really is a savage blow. We hope that the Barnhill Residents' Association and WPAG will be able to carry on their good work to stop these plans. It is going to be an enormous blight on traffic and on the local people.
"There is already 1,500 Preston Manor High School pupils in the area. An extra 1,600 pupils from the Ark Academy just 400 metres away will turn the area into a giant wasp nest. It is too many."
And Councillor Bob Blackman, leader of the Tory group, slammed the Liberal Democrats decision and said they had gone back on their promise to voters. He said: "It is very disappointing. It is against the London plan, against the decision of the Mayor of London and it is unnecessary. The school should be in Stonebridge or south of the borough. We have always maintained our position and it is disappointing to see the Lib Dems depart from the promise they made when they were elected."
But Councillor Robert Wharton (Lib Dem), responsible for children and families, said: "This school will offer real relief to parents and children who currently face difficulties finding a school place in the Wembley area.
"There is pressure on all schools in the borough and this new school is a part of a wider plan to develop school places across the borough.
"It is and will remain a priority for the Liberal Democrats to make sure that every youngster in Brent has a school place, now and in the future."
Temporary classrooms have been built where teaching is already taking place but if the school is built there will be 1,600 pupils who will attend the primary school, secondary school and sixth form. Football pitches on the sports ground will be available for community use.