If you Google Jeremy Clarkson’s name right now, we’re greeted by a few stories. One is about Jeremy hinting at the release date of Clarkson’s Farm. The second, or rather the rest, are about Jeremy having trouble with the local council and government as he tries to expand and build upon his farm. It turns out his neighbours aren’t too bothered by him bringing more popularity to their beloved area, so it’s not a surprise to hear that Jeremy is now tempted to let his neighbours get flooded over him building a dam to protect the village.
Chadlington locals objected to his plans of building a larger car park on his land at Diddly Squat Farm. And while this goes against their own complaints of cars parking and blocking the roads so their occupants can access the famous farm shop, these objections meant that Clarkson’s plans were rejected by West Oxfordshire District Council.
Despite this, the presenter still wanted to help where he could. At this moment, it’s the flooding issues the village experiences:
“My thinking was simple,” he wrote. “If I could hold the rainfall up here, high in the Cotswold Hills, it wouldn’t cascade down into the local village and ruin everyone’s red trousers.”
“Things aren’t going very well with them at the moment. They complained that people visiting my farm shop were parking on the road, and when I applied for planning permission to solve the problem with a car park, they objected to that. And now the council has turned me down.
“In some ways I’d quite like the dam to break so all their trousers get soggy.”
He then joked about how if he did this, his plans would be rejected, admitting that “two things would happen”:
“The red trouser people I’m trying to protect will object, and the clipboard people will find evidence of water voles. Or bats. Or newts.”
Clarkson’s future plans on the farm are unknown, but he recently sent a video to the government asking for more support when trying to diversify his farming business. Boris Johnson himself responded, saying:
“Hi, Jeremy, it’s Boris here. I hope very much that you’ve had a chance to have a look at our food strategy. And a lot of that is about backing, British farming, backing our own domestic food production, eating more of what we grow here, and of course are growing much more of what we, we can do it.
“What we wanna do is back farmers in all sorts of ways, particularly making sure they have the access to the labor they need, but also supporting them when it comes to things like their fuel costs, their fertilizer costs, but supporting them more so with innovation and we’re putting a lot of money into new technology.
“I’ve just been looking at a machine that can plant 150,000 cabbages. Jeremy, every day, but what we wanna do, particularly for farmers, and I know that you care about this a lot, is ensure that we say that when farmers want to develop their property, when they want to turn a barn into a bistro or whatever you want to do that we make sure that computer does not say no.
“And we help them, help farmers to make most crops, and make the most of their land as well.”