Jeremy Clarkson’s neighbour says some fans ‘disappointed’ by farm visit amid backlash
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Jeremy Clarkson’s latest Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm sparked havoc in recent weeks after fans caused back-to-back traffic jams in a bid to visit his farm shop in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. But not everyone was impressed by what was on offer, claimed one local business owner.
Jeremy, 61, is reportedly not very popular with some of the locals, as his Diddly Squat Farm Shop has been attracting a lot of attention.
The former Top Gear presenter is said to have irritated some of the villagers in the idyllic area.
Butcher Jim Johnson of Slatters in Chadlington said some of his customers had been left slightly underwhelmed by what was on offer in Clarkson’s shop and in turn visitors have been going to his store instead.
He admitted it was not a “bad thing” but claimed that people are not necessarily coming to buy.
Jeremy’s neighbour said that The Grand Tour host’s fans were disappointed at his shop’s range – but sadly the star has his hands tied.
Addressing the surge in customers, Jim said: “It hasn’t been a bad thing.
“We’re getting the odd person in who’s been and is disappointed in his range because he can only sell things from West Oxfordshire.
“People aren’t coming there to buy, they’re coming to take photographs.”
He added to MailOnline: “We had some people who’d come from West Bromwich just to take photographs.”
Jim’s comments come after it was reported that some local residents were not happy with the high level of congestion in the area.
Jeremy’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.
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“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.”
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.
The TV personality has since taken to Twitter and offered an apology to local residents.
In view of his 7.2 million followers, Jeremy penned: “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.”
He has since addressed the speculation on whether he has plans to film a second series.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Jeremy admitted that he is hopeful the show will be recommissioned.
He penned: “Dear everyone. There has been some speculation that a second series of our farming programme has been commissioned. It hasn’t but we are hopeful.”
One viewer wrote: “I hope they do! It’s been awesome. Visited your farm shop when it first opened, and can’t wait to come back and try the cafe!”
Another commented: “I was expecting Top Gear on a farm but was pleasantly surprised. 8 episodes wasn’t enough.”
“Fingers crossed, best thing I’ve watched in ages,” a third penned.
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