Jeremy Clarkson says Brexit gives him farming 'stress'
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Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has opened up about his plans for his Diddly Squat farm shop later this year. The star admitted this will include shutting it down for a period of time to do some major work to appease the council.
Jeremy’s farm and farm shop have become prolific following the release of his Amazon Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm.
The series follows the former Top Gear presenter as he adjusts to life as a farmer following the purchase of his Oxfordshire farm.
Thanks to the huge success of the show, the spot has found itself welcoming hundreds of visitors over the past few weeks.
Last weekend, there were so many that the police were even called following traffic in the local area.
However, it seems Jeremy will soon have to close his shop for a while from the public.
The outspoken presenter has revealed he will have to do this in order to replace its roof later this year.
He made the admission during a farming column about what he’s been attempting to sell in the shop.
The Grand Tour presenter said: “The bees worked hard and produced a lot of honey and the shop is proving to be something of a success?
“Even though I’ll have to close it down this winter to give it the fake slate roof that the local council likes, instead of the tasteful green roof it has now, which everyone else likes.”
Earlier this year, MailOnline reported Clarkson lost an appeal against a planning decision for his roof.
When winning the planning permission to build his shop, he agreed to a clause for officials to approve materials for the roof.
However, a building contractor, unaware of this, installed a green steel roof.
This was argued to not be harmonious with neighbouring properties in the Cotswolds.
The article was then reposted on the Diddly Squat Instagram page to its 253,000 followers.
Jeremy then posted alongside it: “Do you think they’ll let me take it off carefully?”
This isn’t the first time the broadcaster has referenced the changes either.
In a column for Sunday Times back in March, Jeremy recounted the many demands he’s received from the council since opening his shop.
He penned: “My shop had only been open a few days when we received a stern letter warning us that our rather lovely ice cream had been made from the juice of cows that lived eight miles away, in Gloucestershire, and that this contravened a clause that said that we could only sell produce from West Oxfordshire.
“Since then we’ve been told that the roof is the wrong colour, that the sign is 0.3 of a metre too wide, that we aren’t allowed to sell teas and coffees, that the gingham covering on the straw bales contravenes Covid regulations, that the car park is a road safety hazard, that the sausage rolls are wrong in some unfathomable way, and that if we were allowed to sell beer, yobbos would come and urinate in the graveyard.”
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