Hundreds queued for Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop but fed-up council fears risk of accidents


Hundreds queued for Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop at weekend… but fed-up Cotswold council fears ‘substantial’ out-of-town traffic is raising risk of accidents with locals resorting to phoning police

  • Former Top Gear star, 61, has previously apologised to locals in Chalington, Oxon, about traffic queues
  • The Diddly Squat Farm Shop has been hugely popular with fans of Amazon hit Clarkson’s Farm
  • Parish Council has also expressed concern any further expansion could lead to ‘risk of accidents’

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Hundreds of Jeremy Clarkson fans again descended on the outspoken TV star’s farm shop this weekend – as councillors warned further expansion could cause ‘significant risk of accidents’.

The Diddly Squat Farm Shop – which was shown being built in Amazon’s hit series Clarkson’s Farm –  featured huge snaking queues of people.

An aerial view of the business showed in full how many supporters had turned up to buy Clarkson and partner Lisa Hogan’s homegrown wares.

The former Top Gear star, 61, has apologised to locals in Chadlington, Oxon, previously about queues of traffic that had lined up to visit, causing congestion.

This weekend it appeared there was ample parking space for motorists coming up to the shop, which would have mitigated against queues of cars.

Previous problems had even seen villagers phone the police to complain, who investigated but said no crime had been committed. 

The Diddly Squat Farm Shop in Chadlington, Oxon, has seen hundreds of Clarkson fans descend on the small property

The farm shop venture has a large car park to try and mitigate against the possibility of any traffic queues forming

The farm shop venture has a large car park to try and mitigate against the possibility of any traffic queues forming

A huge wooden farm announces the name of the shop, in an improvement on the signage on the doors in the TV show

A huge wooden farm announces the name of the shop, in an improvement on the signage on the doors in the TV show

Clarkson’s efforts to build and improve the shop became a long-running strand to the television show.

It was initially plagued with problems after opening before the pandemic hit last year and at first stocked mainly potatoes.

But it grew into a more profitable enterprise after stocking honey from the farm bees as well as candles, inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s own offering, which was called This Smells Like My Vagina.

On the programme it was run by Lisa, who took a firm grip on the finances and service inside the business venture.

Clarkson managed to get his first customers after tweeting about it as the Amazon-streamed show was being filmed pre-Covid.

The programme has been widely praised for showing the realities of farming and a softer side to his often combative-style.  

In recent days he was moved to deny the farm store’s popularity was down to its exposure on the Jeff Bezos-owned streaming giant.

The show has been widely praised for showing the realities of farming but the shop has caused congestion, angering locals

The show has been widely praised for showing the realities of farming but the shop has caused congestion, angering locals

Clarkson was quick to respond to suggestions the shop's popularity was down to its appearance on the Clarkson's Farm show

Clarkson was quick to respond to suggestions the shop’s popularity was down to its appearance on the Clarkson’s Farm show

Responding to a message hinting the show was the reason for its success, Clarkson insisted:  ‘Or the power of a lovely little shop’.

But in a meeting of Chadlington Parish Council two weeks ago, councillors said they were worried about any continued development of the shop.

Minutes seen by MailOnline state: ‘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.’

And in June Thames Valley Police suggested neighbourhood teams were keeping an eye on queues on roads near the shop.

A spokesman said at the time: ‘Officers received reports yesterday in relation to congestion on the roads in Chadlington.

‘Officers attended the scene, but no crime had been committed.

‘Our neighbourhood team for the area is aware of the situation.’

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