According to his local council, Jeremy Clarkson’s admirers only frequent his farm shop because of his fame, and they might find greater quality and value elsewhere.
Clarkson, 62, has launched an appeal against the West Oxfordshire district council’s rejection of his planning application to build 70 parking spots and a café at the Diddly Squat shop.
Clarkson has stated that the parking spaces are required to prevent consumers from parking on the main road.
This month, Clarkson disclosed that the council had also prevented him from selling copies of Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm, a book based on his experiences managing the 1,000-acre Cotswold farm, despite having written it at his kitchen table.
According to his local council, Jeremy Clarkson’s admirers only visit Diddly Squat Farm Shop because of his fame, and they could obtain higher-quality goods elsewhere.
Clarkson, 62, has filed an appeal against the denial of his planning application to add 70 parking places and a café at the Diddly Squat store.
The book jacket for Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm is shown.
According to The Times, at the appeal hearing, the Top Gear host stated, “We really do need on-site parking and restrooms.”
He stated, “I cannot comprehend why (the council) does not wish for me to sell my farming books in the store.”
‘They claim they were not manufactured locally, but I wrote them at my kitchen table, which is literally as local as it gets.
It would be beneficial if we could also sell a few t-shirts.
The council contends that Clarkson violated planning conditions when he converted the area from a retail store to a “tourist attraction” with parking for up to 200 automobiles.
It was stated that the sheer number of visitors to the store “exceeds what would be expected from a genuine farm shop,” thereby detracting from the natural beauty of the area.
According to a statement, it is the venue itself that attracts customers, not the shop, the cafe, or even the view. They have passed farm shops with a greater selection of higher-quality, more affordable goods.
Diddly Squat Farm Shop was established in the year 2020. He purchased the farm in 2008, but it was managed by a local until his retirement in 2019, when Clarkson took over.
Clarkson’s Land, his popular television show, centers on his farm.
The Amazon Prime series had its best year ever in 2022, prior to the launch of season two.
Jeremy works on his 1,000-acre parcel of property located between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in the picturesque Cotswolds countryside in Oxfordshire during the course of the episode.
Clarkson purchased the farm in 2008, but it was managed by a local until his retirement in 2019, at which point the 62-year-old ex-Top Gear host decided to assume control.
After only three years in business, the farm owned by the television celebrity has collected £1.34 million in assets and 17 people, compared to £44,000 and six employees in 2021.
Clarkson’s fiancée Lisa Bentick, with whom he co-owns the farm, claimed in a statement that the store has helped numerous local farmers endure economic difficulty.
She stated, “Only the knowledge that we were assisting others kept me from falling into a bottomless pit of despair during the incredibly difficult times when the council sent a constant barrage of negative correspondence.”
Clarkson stated in an earlier letter to officials, ‘I’m happy of what we’ve accomplished here, and I’m incredibly proud of Lisa for what she’s accomplished at the store, despite sometimes tough bureaucratic circumstances.’
Recent criticism has been directed against Clarkson as a result of the ongoing controversy surrounding his contentious Meghan Markle essay.
The broadcaster claimed in his column for The Sun newspaper that he had dreamt about the 41-year-old duchess being publically humiliated while parading through British cities.
He’d scrawled, “I detest her.” Not in the same way that I dislike Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I despise her at the cellular level.
“At night, I can’t sleep because I lie there clenching my teeth and daydreaming about the day when she would be forced to march nude through the streets of every British town while the crowds cry “Shame!” and throw feces at her.
Everyone my age believes the same thing.
In a recent MailOnline poll of more than 3,000 people, 78% supported the former Top Gear host to continue hosting the quiz show, while only 19% believed he should be fired.
Three percent of respondents were unsure.
Clarkson’s Farm and The Grand Tour, the latter of which pays him at least £10 million per year, will no longer be produced by Amazon Prime in 2019, it has been claimed. Clarkson has stated that he is being “cancelled in front of our eyes.”
In addition, around 10,000 admirers signed a petition imploring ITV not to fire him as presenter of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive officer, recently placed doubt on Clarkson’s future on the network when she informed MP John Nicolson that ITV does not condone his views.
The creators of the petition, which is directed to Dame Carolyn, assert that Clarkson’s penalty is “already completely disproportionate to the crime” and that his dismissal from ITV will “compound his humiliation.”
Jeremy Clarkson appeared on the ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Harry accused Clarkson of encouraging hatred towards women in response to his remarks about Meghan, and both Clarkson and the tabloid issued apologies last month.
In a long message on his Instagram account, in which he explained the conversation, he also reiterated his apology.
He stated that he had not read his column to another person before submitting it to The Sun, as he ‘normally’ did.
He claimed he emailed the couple on Christmas Day to apologize for his ‘disgraceful’ column language and to express his ‘deep regret’
He stated, “One of the curious things I’ve observed in recent years is that if an MP or a famous person is requested to apologize for something, no matter how emotional or profound that apology may be, it’s never enough for the people who demanded it in the first place.
Therefore, I will attempt to defy the trend this morning by apologizing for the recent remarks I made about Meghan Markle in a Sun column. I sincerely apologize. From the soles of my feet to the hair follicles on my head. This is my hand being raised. It is an apology with bells on.
Following his comments on Meghan, Harry accused Clarkson of encouraging hatred against women.
Last year, Clarkson’s piece was published and drew condemnation from prominent personalities, including his daughter, the influential Emily Clarkson.
It rapidly became the most complained-about Independent Press Standards Organisation piece ever.
The Sun stated in its apologies that Jeremy Clarkson had written a commentary piece regarding the Duchess of Sussex. It prompted a heated reaction and a considerable number of complaints to the independent press regulator, Ipso.
Jeremy stated in a tweet earlier this week (19 December 2022) that he had made a “clumsy reference to a Game of Thrones scene” that had “gone down badly with a great many people” and that he was “horrified to have caused so much pain.” He added that he will be more cautious in the future.
The opinions of columnists are their own, but as a publisher we understand that with freedom of expression comes responsibility. The Sun regrets the publication of this article and extends its heartfelt apologies.
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