Re­newed call to bring cows back home

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Char­lotte Tal­bot

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.

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