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Anger as Trump threatens to pull out of golf resort

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have slammed Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from building a prestigious golf resort in the northeast unless a wind farm development is halted.

The American billionaire warned on Friday that he would abandon a planned 300 million Aberdeenshire golf investment unless proposals for a nearby wind farm were scrapped.

Trump, who is of Scottish descent, claimed he chose the location – an 800-acre stretch of sand dunes on the Menie Estate, near Balmedie – over 211 other sites around the world. But the businessman fears that a wind farm would spoil the “ocean views” from the links.

Aberdeen City Council is currently carrying out a feasibility study into an offshore wind farm development in Aberdeen Bay. Last night, politicians and renewable energy campaigners called for the council and the Scottish Executive not to bow to pressure from the entrepreneur. Green MSP Robin Harper, who chairs the parliament’s cross-party Renewable Energy group, warned against capitulating. He said: “We need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the Trump investment. How much profit will stay here and how much will go overseas? ”

Trump’s plans are seen as a major tourism opportunity for the northeast. The entrepreneur revealed that Jack McConnell, personally telephoned him to persuade him to choose Scotland.

But Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said reducing... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The American billionaire warned on Friday that he would abandon a planned £300 million Aberdeenshire golf investment unless proposals for a nearby wind farm were scrapped.
 
Trump, who is of Scottish descent, claimed he chose the location – an 800-acre stretch of sand dunes on the Menie Estate, near Balmedie – over 211 other sites around the world. But the businessman fears that a wind farm would spoil the “ocean views” from the links.
 
Aberdeen City Council is currently carrying out a feasibility study into an offshore wind farm development in Aberdeen Bay. Last night, politicians and renewable energy campaigners called for the council and the Scottish Executive not to bow to pressure from the entrepreneur. Green MSP Robin Harper, who chairs the parliament’s cross-party Renewable Energy group, warned against capitulating. He said: “We need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the Trump investment. How much profit will stay here and how much will go overseas? ”
 
Trump’s plans are seen as a major tourism opportunity for the northeast. The entrepreneur revealed that Jack McConnell, personally telephoned him to persuade him to choose Scotland.
 
But Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said reducing carbon emissions should be a higher priority for the Executive than backing a new golf course. He added: “Instead of attacking wind power, Mr Trump should be embracing it. ”
 
Trump aims to submit a planning application for the resort to Aberdeenshire Council in May, but the feasibility study into the wind farm by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) – a consortium of businesses and the council – may not be ready for some months.
 


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APR 2 2006
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