Donald Trump has said he could leave the US if he loses the White House for Joey Biden next month. If so, he has been handed the perfect place to kick off his final days – his second in the field, playing golf on a new course in Aberdeenshire.
If Trump makes such an option, he can however expect a strong reception from conservationists. They say the approval of last week’s decision by Aberdeenshire Council planners could have a terrible impact on the fragile environment of the area.
Trump International Golf Links Scotland built a course on the Maini estate north of Aberdeen in 2012, and blamed its construction for badly damaging the magnificent dune system at the nearby Favron Links, an official site of special scientific interest (SSSI) has gone.
As a result, conservation experts had urged Aberdeenshire Council to withhold planning permission for a second golf course in Mampi that Trump had asked to build. But in September last year, local councilors ignored his warning and recommended the proposal be pushed forward.
Since then, campaigners had pressed the Aberdeenshire Council Planning Service to overturn that decision, but announced on Friday that it had decided to go ahead and allow the full plan for the new course. It claimed that the new curriculum would “contribute towards significant social and economic benefits to be delivered by comprehensive development proposals within the Maini Estate”.
This optimism is not shared by conservationists. They say the decision means that Foveran’s SSSI status – due to its unusual shifting sands and diverse plant life – will be completely removed in the next few months.
“This decision gives the Trump Organization a green light to further destroy and destroy Scotland’s natural heritage,” said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. “The Council of Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Government have ignored objections to the Scottish natural heritage regarding the potential damage to the world-famous sand dunes, which are to be protected as sites of special scientific interest, but which have previously Have been partially destroyed. The first golf course. “
The new 18-hole course will be known as the McLeod Course after Trump’s mom, Mary Anne McLeod, who was born and bred on the Hebridian island of Lewis before migrating to New York. The course will be built to the south and west of the original one.
Trump originally approved the preserved dunes for his “Trump Estate” as he created 6,000 jobs by creating a five-star hotel with 450 rooms, shops, a sports complex, timeshare flats, two golf courses and housing estates. Pledged to do. However, so far they have constructed only one 18-hole course, which is open seven months a year, a practice range, and a small clubhouse with a restaurant and shop; He converted Maini’s manor house into a boutique hotel with 16 rooms.
With a fortnight until election day, Trump’s chances of spending more time on his golf course are increasing. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is ahead by 17 points in the latest Opinium Research /.Guardian Election. More than 18 million votes have already been cast.
Along with leading in national opinion polls, Biden is also consistently ahead in a series of important swing states. Last week he also won the ratings war – more Americans tended to watch his Q&A season on ABC than Trump’s version on NBC.
Residents of Aberdeenshire may soon see Trump, win or lose. According to www.trumpgolfcount.com, Trump has played more rounds of golf than any White House resident. He has visited his golf clubs 280 times, playing 280 times during his presidency.