Jeremy Clarkson, along with his two co-hosts (Richard Hammond and James May), made their grand entry to Yorkshire for filming of the second season of The Grand Tour, but got an unexpected reception from Yorkshire householders.
The trio was spotted driving through the village of Farnley Tyas, next to Huddersfield in an odd-looking Toyota Hilux that was basically a combination of a car, jet engine and boat. This highly inconvenienced householders as security staff and TV closed all the roads with no warning whatsoever.
This move forced householders and motorists to move from one side of their village to another by taking a detour of approximately 10 miles. The main road was closed off between 12 pm and 5 pm. The disruption left village residents outraged at the production company. Residents were restricted from driving on key feeder roads.
A retired construction manager, Charles Rapley, suffered the effects of the road closure as their businesses were disrupted. He further claimed that villagers were not aware of the filming prior to the trio’s arrival.
“They prevented us from running our businesses normally after they shut down the main road that is 200 yards away from the livery yard. This has led to mismanagement and complete chaos on the Butts Road, Thurstonland Road, Brockholes Road and Farnley Road”.
When asked whether he was informed on the filming, Rapley had this to say: “The local school was informed by the council, but I feel that the production company should have taken up that responsibility instead. They should have put up notices or made a public announcement to everyone.”
He further expressed his disapproval with the trio’s inappropriate move: “My business has been disrupted. I don’t care if they are worried about fans showing up, but I will write to the producers on that note. Aside from me, many people have lost a lot”. True to his word, Rapley contacted Jeremy’s company as well as Kirklees Council but got no word from them.
In their defense, Kirklees Council’s spokesperson said that roads are temporarily closed for unique activities such as filming events or roadworks by third parties. “Traffic management and signing the temporary closure is a responsibility of the third party”, he said.
After a departure from Top Gear’, a show that aired on BBC in 2015, Clarkson, Hammond and May are currently filming for the Amazon hit series, Grand Tour’. The show’s spokesperson had this to say concerning the chaos: “With all due respect, I cannot say that we caused any chaos from the filming”.
“Our plans of filming were made clear to both the filming authorities and local TV. Our filming took place on a peaceful section of B road with traffic being held by marshalls for brief periods. It was not expected that we would have eager and young fans showing up while we were still on the road. We did not target this place because of its counterproductive nature. We, however, apologize to all local residents for any inconveniences caused”.