Renewed call to bring cows back home
RENEWED calls have been made for a return of the famous model cows that once stood on top of the former Dairy Crest building by the A316.
For decades they were seen by drivers and passengers as they passed over the flyover at Hanworth, but the cows were removed in 2014, prompting uproar among the masses. Almost 8,000 people signed a petition to reinstate the bovine beasts to the top of the building and eventually the company agreed to return them to their rightful home.
But just days after the decision, in September 2014, it was announced the glass bottling dairy would close, putting 200 jobs at risk – and the cows never made moo-ve back to the roof.
Last December, in the latest twist in the tale, Muller acquired the company’s dairy operations, and the German company has since been chewing the cud about any future cow movements.
A spokesman for Muller said they are currently concentrating on ‘reversing the closure’ of the plant, which was founded in 1847.
Joachim Jellinek, the who created the petition said he is still keen to see the cows reinstated, and gets ‘pangs of disappointment when driving past the dairy’.
Mr Jellinek, who now lives in Ottershaw and frequently drives by the plant, said: “The cows were very much part of my scenery in my childhood. It still annoys me each time I pass by.
“Some of the cows are at the base of the building but they can’t be seen by anyone down there.
“The cost of putting the cows back on the roof can’t be huge, and I think it’s a good opportunity for Muller for a good relationship with the community and show they are listening to us.”
The dairy in Feltham has been there since 1931 and has had cows on display in some form since then.
Originally they were concrete cows in the gardens and then, when an extension was built in 1977, cows were placed on the roof.
“So many passers-by have enjoyed the cows over the years,” said Sunbury resident Brian Catt, another fan of the cows.
“We miss them penned up in the lorry park under the flyover, and hope Muller can restore these local icons to their rightful place, up on the roof.”
A spokesman for Muller said they were aware of the history of the issue but not ‘all the details’ about the removal of the cows. But he said, the company was currently concentrating on saving the Hanworth plant from closure. “There’s 170 jobs at threat,” he said. “We are now consulting to keep the dairy open. That’s our focus at the moment – securing the future of the dairy. We do know there’s a large interest in the cows on the roof but first our focus is reversing the decisions to close it.”
The cows in the rightful place on top of the Dairy Crest building in Hanworth.