Brentwood Council snubs idea for sheep memorial sign

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BRENTWOOD Council have snubbed the idea of a roadside sign being put up following the death of 120 sheep in a crash as it would “cause more accidents than it prevents.”

Animal rights group PETA are campaigning for the sign after the crash at the Halfway House roundabout on 14 July, calling for a ‘memorial’ telling drivers to slow down to avoid future disasters.

The crash, which involved the HGV carrying 450 sheep and a car, took place on the A128 near West Horndon.

Three crews and an animal rescue unit from South Woodham Ferrers worked to free the driver and the sheep, as the lorry had overturned onto a car and trapped a man.

They managed to cut the man free, but it was too late for 120 of the sheep, which had died.

The remaining sheep were taken to a paddock to recuperate.
Now PETA not only want the sign, but are calling on people to turn vegan to stop the sheep’s “terrifying trips” to shearing sheds.

In a letter to Mayor of Brentwood Cllr Mark Reed, the group say: “Our memorial will let people know that the best way to prevent crashes such as this one is to go vegan, because sheep shouldn’t have to make terrifying trips to shearing sheds and abattoirs at all.

“It will also remind lorry drivers of their responsibility to the thousands of animals they haul every year as well as to the motorists whose lives are endangered when a lorry crashes.”

But Brentwood Council has voiced their worries about the sign, which they believe would cause a distraction for drivers on the road.
A spokesperson for Brentwood Borough Council said: “The Council can confirm we received a letter today from PETA.

“As the letter doesn’t give an exact location for the requested sign, it is difficult to know who the landowner is and whether they would need to put in a planning application to ourselves, a private landowner or the Highways Authority.

“Whilst we acknowledge the sentiments of the letter, we would be concerned that a sign on such a busy road would be a distraction for drivers and cause more accidents than it prevents.”

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