Jeremy Clarkson sparks backlash from locals over chaos caused by fans visiting farm shop
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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, is reportedly not very popular with some of the locals in Chadlington near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. It comes after Jeremy recently took to Twitter to apologise to the people of Chadlington over the traffic caused by his dedicated fans.
The former Top Gear presenter has irritated some of the villagers in the idyllic area, as his Diddly Squat Farm Shop has been attracting many fans who are desperate to visit.
He penned in view of his 7.2 million followers: “People of Chadlington. I’m truly sorry about the traffic around our farm shop last weekend.
“We are doing everything we can to improve the situation.”
Viewers of Jeremy’s hit Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm have been flocking to the village to meet the star and buy some of his farm’s produce.
However, the star’s popularity has proven to be a challenge for some locals, as the Farm Shop is causing hours of delays on nearby roads.
The local council have recently put up traffic cones on the country roads near the farm to prevent people from parking on the grass verges.
“It was so chaotic last week that I was late picking up my son from school because the usual ten minute journey took me half an hour. It was a roadblock caused by Clarkson ites,” one angry resident told MailOnline.
They added: “I know of one man who queued for two hours and ten minutes for a bag of truffle oil chips. Ridiculous.”
Other locals told the publication about their concerns that Jeremy’s farm shop could take the attention away from local traders in nearby villages.
One person claimed: “We are very lucky in this village to have three shops and a pub but I do fear for how they will cope.
“Our village shop was saved by residents who turned it into a co-operative but he will certainly affect their trade.
“Also the pub, he’s got an alcohol licence now and he’s selling beers out of a shipping container.”
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Following the chaos on the roads, some fans who arrived yesterday to visit the shop were saddened to see it was closed.
One person commented: “I am disappointed it’s not open. I just wanted to buy some eggs from Diddly Squat Farm for my 16-year-old lad.
“He loves the show and I would pay anything for some eggs.”
It comes after a spokesperson for Thames Valley Police confirmed that they were called about the congestion on the roads over the weekend.
They said: “Officers received reports yesterday in relation to congestion on the roads.
“Officers attend the scene, but no crime had been committed.
“Our neighbourhood team for the area is aware of the situation,” they added to Metro.co.uk.
Jeremy bought his farm in 2008, before getting to work on it in 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown.
Cameras followed his progress for his Amazon Prime show.
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