Lisa Hogan on her son 'almost killing Jeremy Clarkson'
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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has been blasted by some Chadlington villagers over his Diddly Squat Farm Shop’s rising popularity, as one claimed it had seen a number of “young lads walking about” the local area. The quaint Cotswolds village has seen a significant increase in traffic since the former Top Gear host’s show Clarkson’s Farm began airing on Amazon Prime this year, with tourists hoping to spot the born again farmer.
However, some of Chadlington’s residents are uncomfortable with it becoming what they perceive to be the “Malibu of the Cotswolds”.
The farm shop was opened on the back of the broadcaster’s popular reality show, which chronicles his foray into agriculture.
And last week Jeremy addressed villagers in the local town hall over “concerns” they may have over the future of his hugely successful enterprise.
Posters went up around the Oxfordshire village announcing the event last Thursday – which came with cheese and wine.
The notices read: “As there seems to be some debate in the village about what’s going on at Diddly Squat, Jeremy Clarkson will be at the Memorial Hall to explain his plans and to take any questions you may have. Everybody from the area is welcome to attend.”
It added: “Cheese and wine will be provided.”
Initially posted on the village community Facebook page, one person predicted that the meeting would be packed.
They joked that instead of the Memorial Hall he would need the Royal Albert Hall.
Fans from all over the country have been queuing for hours to get inside the Diddly Squat shop, provoking some complaints from neighbours.
“They just come through so fast,” one 76-year-old said as she travelled through the village on her mobility scooter.
“It can be bedlam,” she claimed to The Guardian.
While a separate resident told the publication: “You see gangs of young lads walking about. We’re just not used to it.”
A third person also admitted there are people in the village who “won’t ever change” as many like the “rural working-class” atmosphere of Chadlington.
They added: “It is a real place. It’s not the Malibu of the Cotswolds.”
Jeremy has applied for planning permission to develop the site. He recently put in an application to make external alterations to one of the buildings.
Chadlington parish council said it has no objections but, if approved, “this should not confirm a change of use status for this agricultural building”.
It pointed out that in November 2020 an application had been made to convert a lambing shed adjacent to the shop into a café and in February 2021 for a licence to sell alcohol and provide entertainment.
They added: “The parish council remains concerned regarding the effect of the incremental development at this location, both upon the local community, its existing shops and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“The number of cars currently visiting this site is already substantial, often filling the existing available parking space and overflowing onto the Chipping Norton Road, which is hardly desirable in an AONB and creates a significant risk that accidents will occur.”
However, the star has been supported on social media by fans who remain determined to visit.
One said: “I bet it’s gone mad busy since the series started which is the best thing on TV in the last year by far! We will be coming over to buy stuff too. I want some bee juice!”
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