TRUMP'S GOLF COURSE IN ABERDEEN IS SET TO LOSE ITS PREMIUM WILDLIFE STATUS
Donald Trump's golf course in Aberdeenshire is set to lose its status as a wildlife protected area.
Local authorities have blasted Trump International, which owns the golf course, for "destroying" the land it owns and causing permanent damage to the local wildlife ecosystem.
Local authorities previously protected the sand dunes which Trump bought in 2006, however they now say the lack of co-operation from Trump International means there is no reason to protect the area.
Sarah Malone, Trump's Scottish director, has called the move a "stitch-up" and says the suddenness of the decision suggests it is politically-motivated.
"Before Donald Trump invested in the site, SNH had little interest in the SSSI at Foveran Links and did even less about it, and has barely been on the property since. Trump International funds a team of leading geomorphological consultants, ecologists and environmental experts and has spent millions on the care, protection and maintenance of the small area of SSSI in Scotland that it owns and yet SNH has offered no support, guidance or help. All this government agency wants to do is score political points," she said.
Above: Trump's Aberdeenshire estate.
This is just the latest in a long-running spat between Trump and Scotland.
Trump's initial arrival in Scotland was met with major criticism with environmentalists and local residents. Analysts suggested the Scottish venture would collapse a few years after opening, however his new-found empire has been alive since 2006, suggesting it's profitable enough for Trump.
Trump has also made many moves which he claims are for the benefit of the Scottish people. In 2011, Trump protested against plans to build a wind farm off the coast of Aberdeenshire on the ground that he thought it was "ugly." He ended up suing Scotland when the plan was passed, however he then lost this.
In 2015 he successfully convinced airline Ryanair to not pull out of a Scottish airport. Prestwick Airport, which is located near to Trump's Turnberry golf resort, was set to lose many flights operated by Ryanair. Trump met with Ryanair's CEO, Michael O'Leary, who subsequently overturned the decision. Trump called O'Leary "a good guy" and said he believed "Ryanair will be back in Prestwick in a big way."
However, keeping an airport open hasn't been enough to convince Trump's critics that he's protecting the environment.