Jeremy Clarkson shows off his new cow
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Jeremy Clarkson , 61, was met with mixed reactions from locals in Chipping Norton, after he called a meeting at Memorial Hall in Chadlington, Oxfordshire to discuss his future plans for his farm. Diddly Squat has become a popular destination since the Amazon Prime Video series aired, but the residents of the quaint village haven’t been best pleased with the impact it has had on their daily life.
Someone gave me the finger on the way in
A number of media outlets attended the meeting, with The Sun reporting that The Grand Tour host was greeted by someone giving him “the finger” as he headed into the village hall.
When he was asked how he thought the meeting would go, Jeremy admitted he didn’t know what to expect.
“I’m just here to listen,” he told The Sun.
“Gossip spreads in villages and they don’t know what we’re doing so I thought, the best thing I can do is come down and say, ‘This is what we’re doing,’ and then it isn’t gossip any more.
Jeremy Clarkson leaves locals ‘fuming’ after he announces plans for Diddly Squat Farm (Image: EXPRESS)
The presenter was reportedly greeted with ‘the finger’ (Image: AMAZON PRIME)
“Someone gave me the finger on the way in.”
While at the meeting, Jeremy was accused of using farming as a “sideline” project, alongside his TV work.
The publication reported one furious local raged: “The thing is Mr Clarkson, you are not a farmer.
“You are a media personality and farming to you is a sideline.
Jeremy called a meeting to discuss his plans for the farm (Image: AMAZON PRIME)
Jeremy was accused of using farming as a ‘sideline’ (Image: GETTY)
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“But this is our village and we have to live with the consequences.”
Another Chipping Norton resident, Bethan Dennick, complained about how her journey to work has been affected by Jeremy’s popular farm.
“We just want to know what he is planning, because it is already impacting us so much driving wherever we go,” she explained.
“I live just the other side of Chipping Norton and I’ve had to change my route to work as a result.
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But she acknowledged the positives Jeremy has brought to the farming community as well.
“I do think that his programme has done a lot for farming, so there’s positives and negatives,” she said.
“But it will be interesting to see what he has planned and how the infrastructure will cope.”
Someone else slammed the presenter for allowing the farm to be a base for “petrolheads”, and suggested it be “temporarily shut down” until Jeremy sorts it out.
“There are people driving onto that farm after 9am and driving around,” they snapped.
“It has become a petrolhead destination, and he is well aware of it.
“He has one simple power, which is to shut it temporarily until he can get it under control.”
Ahead of the meeting, posters were put up around the village that 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.”
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