Donald Trump has mentioned he may depart the US if he loses the White Home to Joe Biden subsequent month. In that case, he has simply been handed the proper place to eke out his closing days – by taking part in golf on a brand new course in Aberdeenshire, his second within the space.
If Trump does select such an choice, he can anticipate a strong welcome from conservationists, nevertheless. They are saying final week’s resolution by Aberdeenshire council planners to approve the course might have a catastrophic impression on the world’s delicate setting.
Trump Worldwide Golf Hyperlinks Scotland constructed a course on the Menie property, north of Aberdeen, in 2012, and its building has been blamed for badly damaging the spectacular dunes system at close by Foveran Hyperlinks, an official website of particular scientific curiosity (SSSI).
Consequently, conservation consultants had urged Aberdeenshire council to withhold planning permission for the second golf course at Menie that Trump had requested to construct. However in September final 12 months, native councillors ignored their warnings and beneficial the proposal be given the go-ahead.
Since then, campaigners had pressed Aberdeenshire council planning service to overturn that call however on Friday it introduced it had determined to go forward and grant full planning permission for the brand new course. It claimed the brand new course “will contribute in the direction of the numerous social and financial advantages anticipated to be delivered by the broader growth proposals inside the Menie property”.
This optimism just isn’t shared by conservationists. They are saying that the choice means Foveran’s SSSI standing – given due to its uncommon shifting sands and various flowers – should be eliminated fully within the subsequent few months.
“This resolution provides a inexperienced gentle to the Trump organisation to additional vandalise and destroy Scotland’s pure heritage,” mentioned Bob Ward, coverage director on the Grantham Analysis Institute on Local weather Change and the Surroundings. “Aberdeenshire council and the Scottish authorities have ignored the objections of Scottish Pure Heritage about potential additional harm to world-famous sand dunes which are purported to be protected as a Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity, however which have already been partially destroyed by the constructing of the primary golf course.”
The brand new 18-hole course might be generally known as MacLeod course after Mr Trump’s mom, Mary Anne MacLeod, who was born and introduced up on the Hebridean island of Lewis earlier than emigrating to New York. The course might be constructed to the south and west of the unique one.
Trump initially received approval for his “Trump property” encompassing the protected dunes as a result of he pledged to create as much as 6,000 jobs by constructing a five-star resort with 450 rooms, outlets, a sports activities advanced, timeshare flats, two golf programs and housing estates. Nonetheless, up to now he has constructed just one 18-hole course, which is open seven months a 12 months, a follow vary, and a small clubhouse with a restaurant and store; he additionally transformed Menie’s manor home right into a boutique resort with 16 rooms.
With simply over a fortnight till election day, the probabilities of Trump spending extra time on his golf programs seem like growing. His Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, leads by 17 factors within the newest Opinium Analysis/Guardian ballot. Greater than 18 million votes have already been solid.
In addition to main within the nationwide opinion polls, Biden can be constantly forward in a sequence of essential swing states. Final week he even received the rankings struggle – extra Individuals tuned in to see his Q&A session on ABC than Trump’s model on NBC.
Aberdeenshire residents could also be seeing Trump quickly, win or lose. In line with www.trumpgolfcount.com, Trump has performed extra rounds of golf as president than some other White Home resident. He has visited his golf golf equipment 280 instances throughout his presidency, taking part in on 140 events.