Dunes, Menie estate. Part 3, the Menie story

Dunes, Menie estate. Part 3, the Menie story

Before Trump International Golf Links, on the sand sheet in 2007.

PART 3
Sarah Malone, vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, has wed Damian Bates, editor of the Aberdeen Press & Journal (P&J), owned by comic publisher D.C.Thomson. (Damian's badly-written note reminding her to 'tell people about the wedding; put up the banns' didn't registrar with Sarah. Instead she organised for the bunds to be built. As a result, giant and growing mounds of view-blocking shite were constructed to publicize their marriage.) P&J sister paper, the Evening Express (EE), pilloried Aberdeenshire councillors who voted against Trump's planning application in November 2007. In a famous headline, they were labelled 'You Traitors'. Committee Chairman Councillor Martin Ford used his casting vote and became the main scapegoat, whilst Paul Johnston was disciplined for suggesting Trump would receive a sweetener from the Council to build affordable homes, nowhere near Menie, off course. Affordable housing provision is a condition of Trump's planning consent, but will not be triggered until the 125th luxury property is built at Menie. Trump plans to build less than 100, if any.

During the 2012 City Garden Project referendum in Aberdeen, the P&J and EE refused adverts from the Friends of Union Terrace Gardens group, claiming that their ads were too 'political'. It will be instructive to see how D.C.Thomson and Salmond deal with Trump when legal action begins over the EOWDC. In a headline P&J report, Roadsense campaigner William Walton was told by Salmond that he risked becoming 'Scotland's most hated man' during his lengthy court battles concerning (and allegedly stalling) the flawed Aberdeen bypass consultation process.

On November 29th 2012, Mike Forbes was honoured at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, and named “Top Scot” of the year after a public ballot. Winner of a Global Scot (sic) award himself last year, Trump claims the Top Scot award is an “embarrassment” for Scotland. He describes Grants, makers of Glenfiddich, as a “bad liquor company”, and told the whisky distillers that the award is a “publicity stunt”. Previous winners of the Top Scot accolade include Sir Chris Hoy and JK Rowling.

Menie resident David Milne's petition garnered 19,000+ signatures and called on the Scottish Government to hold a public inquiry into the way local government, Ministers and other relevant public bodies conducted themselves throughout their dealings with the Trump Organisation in relation to the Menie project. A number of public bodies in Scotland faced claims that they acted with “impropriety” over the resort. The committee heard that Councillors were “lobbied” by backers of the controversial development – in breach of strict planning rules. The Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament decided on September 3rd that a public inquiry was not necessary.

Police Scotland has released 26 pages of correspondence and reports about a 'land grab' by Trump's representatives at the Forbes' farm in 2010. The investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, found that Grampian Police were biased in favour of Trump, and against local residents. Remaining neutral was 'an impossibly hard task' because the majority of calls to police came from Trump's staff, the report said. The police documents were obtained by Anthony Baxter, but only after he had appealed to the Information Commissioner.

67% of folk polled said that they weren’t backing Trump over his opposition to the EOWDC, though it wasn't an 'either-or' issue. Friends of the Earth was encouraged by the poll, as it showed people cared about Aberdeen’s future as a centre for renewable energy.

Trump will take on the Prince of Wales and the Pope next. There's not many folk left whom he hasn't alienated, sued or attempted to bu(ll)y. Like folk trapped or lost on the Menie estate, he's looking for a way out.. As exit strategists go, his historical role model must be General Custer.

To which I add:- 'He who seeks vengeance must construct two extra bunkers - one for his enemy and one for himself. And whit unco warld maks ye wir maister?'

Only 200 of the 6000 jobs promised have materialised. Far less than £100 million of the £1 billion promised has been spent on the 'luxury' resort so far. The only clubhouse at Menie is a temporary structure. An academy for young North-East golfers and an equestrian centre are among other promises buried in the sands of time. Capacity on the existing golf course is currently running at under 50%. With planning approval for the housing, the Menie estate is estimated to be worth in excess of £100 million.

I'm ambivalent on whether the 'home of golf' needs another (Championship) course. The carbon footprint, a rich man's playground? I'd welcome any $1 billion investment in Scotland, but at what cost? Who benefits, owns and controls? Definitely Trump is unfit for purpose. And when the environment and residents suffer..

Suzanne Kelly published a comprehensive Menie Estate Report in Aberdeen Voice on 15th March 2013. Here's part of the conclusion to her report:- 'Despite all of the unacceptable situations and aspects to what is happening on the Menie Estate, it is remarkable that some of the people who have suffered indignity, arrest, loss of access to the sea and the land have still remained an inspiration to the rest of us.'
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Dunes, Menie estate. Part 3, the Menie story

Dunes, Menie estate. Part 3, the Menie story

Before Trump International Golf Links, on the sand sheet in 2007.

PART 3
Sarah Malone, vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, has wed Damian Bates, editor of the Aberdeen Press & Journal (P&J), owned by comic publisher D.C.Thomson. (Damian's badly-written note reminding her to 'tell people about the wedding; put up the banns' didn't registrar with Sarah. Instead she organised for the bunds to be built. As a result, giant and growing mounds of view-blocking shite were constructed to publicize their marriage.) P&J sister paper, the Evening Express (EE), pilloried Aberdeenshire councillors who voted against Trump's planning application in November 2007. In a famous headline, they were labelled 'You Traitors'. Committee Chairman Councillor Martin Ford used his casting vote and became the main scapegoat, whilst Paul Johnston was disciplined for suggesting Trump would receive a sweetener from the Council to build affordable homes, nowhere near Menie, off course. Affordable housing provision is a condition of Trump's planning consent, but will not be triggered until the 125th luxury property is built at Menie. Trump plans to build less than 100, if any.

During the 2012 City Garden Project referendum in Aberdeen, the P&J and EE refused adverts from the Friends of Union Terrace Gardens group, claiming that their ads were too 'political'. It will be instructive to see how D.C.Thomson and Salmond deal with Trump when legal action begins over the EOWDC. In a headline P&J report, Roadsense campaigner William Walton was told by Salmond that he risked becoming 'Scotland's most hated man' during his lengthy court battles concerning (and allegedly stalling) the flawed Aberdeen bypass consultation process.

On November 29th 2012, Mike Forbes was honoured at the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards, and named “Top Scot” of the year after a public ballot. Winner of a Global Scot (sic) award himself last year, Trump claims the Top Scot award is an “embarrassment” for Scotland. He describes Grants, makers of Glenfiddich, as a “bad liquor company”, and told the whisky distillers that the award is a “publicity stunt”. Previous winners of the Top Scot accolade include Sir Chris Hoy and JK Rowling.

Menie resident David Milne's petition garnered 19,000+ signatures and called on the Scottish Government to hold a public inquiry into the way local government, Ministers and other relevant public bodies conducted themselves throughout their dealings with the Trump Organisation in relation to the Menie project. A number of public bodies in Scotland faced claims that they acted with “impropriety” over the resort. The committee heard that Councillors were “lobbied” by backers of the controversial development – in breach of strict planning rules. The Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament decided on September 3rd that a public inquiry was not necessary.

Police Scotland has released 26 pages of correspondence and reports about a 'land grab' by Trump's representatives at the Forbes' farm in 2010. The investigation by the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, found that Grampian Police were biased in favour of Trump, and against local residents. Remaining neutral was 'an impossibly hard task' because the majority of calls to police came from Trump's staff, the report said. The police documents were obtained by Anthony Baxter, but only after he had appealed to the Information Commissioner.

67% of folk polled said that they weren’t backing Trump over his opposition to the EOWDC, though it wasn't an 'either-or' issue. Friends of the Earth was encouraged by the poll, as it showed people cared about Aberdeen’s future as a centre for renewable energy.

Trump will take on the Prince of Wales and the Pope next. There's not many folk left whom he hasn't alienated, sued or attempted to bu(ll)y. Like folk trapped or lost on the Menie estate, he's looking for a way out.. As exit strategists go, his historical role model must be General Custer.

To which I add:- 'He who seeks vengeance must construct two extra bunkers - one for his enemy and one for himself. And whit unco warld maks ye wir maister?'

Only 200 of the 6000 jobs promised have materialised. Far less than £100 million of the £1 billion promised has been spent on the 'luxury' resort so far. The only clubhouse at Menie is a temporary structure. An academy for young North-East golfers and an equestrian centre are among other promises buried in the sands of time. Capacity on the existing golf course is currently running at under 50%. With planning approval for the housing, the Menie estate is estimated to be worth in excess of £100 million.

I'm ambivalent on whether the 'home of golf' needs another (Championship) course. The carbon footprint, a rich man's playground? I'd welcome any $1 billion investment in Scotland, but at what cost? Who benefits, owns and controls? Definitely Trump is unfit for purpose. And when the environment and residents suffer..

Suzanne Kelly published a comprehensive Menie Estate Report in Aberdeen Voice on 15th March 2013. Here's part of the conclusion to her report:- 'Despite all of the unacceptable situations and aspects to what is happening on the Menie Estate, it is remarkable that some of the people who have suffered indignity, arrest, loss of access to the sea and the land have still remained an inspiration to the rest of us.'
PARTS 1 & 2 - see previous images.
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