New Trump golf course in Scotland gets go-head despite environmental fears

Ruben Hill
October 20, 2020

"He stressed that the council and the Scottish Government ignored the objections of Scottish Natural Heritage about potential further damage to world-famous sand dunes that are supposed to be protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, but which have already been partially destroyed by the building of the first golf course".

"The council sided with Trump International", said Bob Ward with the London School of Economics' Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

The Scottish authorities approved Trump's construction project, although residents of the Aberdeenshire region of north-east Scotland opposed the project because of, among other things, water distribution.

The United States president's Turnberry golf resort in Ayrshire is sacking 80 workers under cover of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sam Lowit, Morningside Avenue, Aberdeen, said: "It is clear that the existing underperforming development is not of benefit to this area, with low attendance figures and ongoing financial losses".

The 18-hole golf course to be built in north-east Scotland will be called MacLeod.

The first course at the Menie Estate opened for play in 2012 and was designed by acclaimed golf course architect Martin Hawtree.

In September of 2019 it ended up before members of the Formartine area committee who passed the application, with reserved matters passing to planners and the Scottish Environment Protective Agency for resolution and which have now been signed off by both parties.

It will also include 36 "golf villas", 950 holiday apartments in four blocks and up to 500 houses and community facilities.

A total of 15 conditions were placed upon the development by Aberdeenshire Council in its granting of planning permission. Reillyn by Trump is the biggest cheater in golf.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash accused the Turnberry managers of "a con" and said: "It is rank hypocrisy of the highest order for the Trump operation to blame the pandemic and a cash crisis for the axing of dozens of ‎staff at Turnberry while at the same time they were planning all along to spend millions on a new course".

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