Sand sheet at Menie, 2006. The Menie story - Part 2

Sand sheet at Menie, 2006. The Menie story - Part 2

PART 2
Plans for a second course over Pettens Links at Menie were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council in February 2013. "It will explore the beauties of the land," claims course designer Martin Hawtree, waxing lyrical on plans for further destruction of biodiversity and more bulldozing of the dune system. Dr Hawtree has also been charged with the modification of nine holes on the Old Course, before St Andrews plays host to the 2015 Open Championship. His proposed changes at St Andrews have caused outrage among golf purists and other course designers.

After watching 'You've Been Trumped', golf expert Kevin Munt has called for a boycott of the Trump courses. On his website, he writes:- 'I only want the wind to blow constantly from the south so the.. mobile dune system might bury the place. I do not believe any golfer with a conscience, ­having watched this documentary, could pay Donald Trump a £200 green fee to go on his course and enjoy their round'. Golf Monthly editor Bill Elliott, who is also chairman of the Association of Golf Writers, has joined those calling for a boycott of the Menie courses: he has pledged never to set foot on the links.

Rumours that former US President Bill Clinton is to come and play a round at Menie has led to gushing worthies looking out their best summer frocks. A spokeswoman for a local dry-cleaning firm said that Clinton's visit would bring a welcome surge in business.

The Daily Telegraph's City Diary has dubbed Trump “the Meanie of Menie” after payment disputes with suppliers. Currently he is facing questions over a failed property development in Florida where investors are suing him and others for £5.4m. Then he was booed at the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The heckling continued during his speech, which forced him to cut it short and exit the building. This is in sharp contrast to the applause Trump received from the 'great and the good' of Aberdeen when he was presented with an honorary degree at Robert Gordon University (RGU). Dr David Kennedy, the former RGU principal, handed back his own degree in protest, stating that Trump was not a fit person to be awarded an honorary degree.

Citing economic reasons overriding environmental concerns, the Scottish National Party-led Government may have rubber-stamped Trump's golf development, but the love-fest between Alex Salmond and the bullying millionaire is over. In 2009 Salmond asked Trump to endorse the early release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi: Trump refused. Then they fell out over the proposed EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay. Trump was so angry he withdrew his invite for 'Mad Alex' to open his golf course. On Twitter, Trump clashed over the turbines with Sir Alan Sugar (host of UK The Apprentice 'reality' TV show: Trump presents the US version, where he uses the catchphrase "you're fired" for budding entrepreneurs who fail to make the grade.) Trump told Sir Alan that he'd be a nobody if it wasn't for him, finally tweeting:- 'Drop to your knees, Sugar, and say thank you.'

On March 26th the Scottish Government gave consent for the EOWDC. Trump reacted:- "These windmills are going to kill Aberdeen. A tremendous number of cases of cancer are caused because of the electric currents. We will put our future plans on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated. A lot of people were devastated when their houses were ruined and their values destroyed when they put up a windmill near it. People are fighting these ugly monstrosities. I'll bring a lawsuit. It will be tied up for many years in court." The Trump Organisation announced on April 15th that Gordon Steele QC, one of Scotland’s leading counsel on planning procedures, is to lead their team seeking a judicial review of the decision to give the green light to the development of the EOWDC. A series of geotechnical boreholes was drilled in Aberdeen Bay to validate the findings of desktop research and work started in May to bore test drill-holes. On November 12th 2013 Trump's lawyers began their case in the Court of Session, challenging the Scottish government decision to approve EOWDC.

Last November, at a new HQ building for an energy company where he was cutting the ribbon, Alex Salmond noticed a design feature which Trump could incorporate at his nearby resort, since he so dislikes dark, satanic windmills bedeviling the seascape and spoiling the views. On many floors, the new building has no windows.

The Scottish Green Party reported Trump to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) watchdog after a Trump International 'anti-windfarm' advert was placed in two D.C.Thomson-owned newspapers on December 14th 2012. The disgraceful advert tried to link the release of the Lockerbie bomber to tourism and Scottish Government support for renewable energy. Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:- “Trump has sunk to a new low. Linking renewables policy to Lockerbie victims is sick. Not only did he have no shred of evidence that tourism would suffer when we quizzed him during the Scottish Parliament’s inquiry into renewables at Holyrood, he has already been censured by the authorities for placing similar anti-renewables adverts. Trump’s organisation has already trashed a unique environment on the coast of Aberdeenshire and trampled on the rights of local people. Now he appears to be determined to buy up chunks of the Scottish press. It’s vital that Scotland doesn’t allow a bully to think he can flash his cash and get his own way.”

Trump told MSPs that he was "the evidence", when asked for information to back his claims that wind power will damage Scotland's tourism industry. A damning ASA report in April 2013 describes the anti-windfarm advert as 'distasteful'. Trump could not substantiate the claims in the advert, and the image used was also misleading. The ASA have banned the ad campaign. "The ad must not appear again in its current form," they said. "We told Trump not to make claims unless they could be substantiated with robust evidence and not to use misleading imagery." Trump responded by branding the ASA as “disorganised, inefficient and wasteful”.
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Sand sheet at Menie, 2006. The Menie story - Part 2

Sand sheet at Menie, 2006. The Menie story - Part 2

PART 2
Plans for a second course over Pettens Links at Menie were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council in February 2013. "It will explore the beauties of the land," claims course designer Martin Hawtree, waxing lyrical on plans for further destruction of biodiversity and more bulldozing of the dune system. Dr Hawtree has also been charged with the modification of nine holes on the Old Course, before St Andrews plays host to the 2015 Open Championship. His proposed changes at St Andrews have caused outrage among golf purists and other course designers.

After watching 'You've Been Trumped', golf expert Kevin Munt has called for a boycott of the Trump courses. On his website, he writes:- 'I only want the wind to blow constantly from the south so the.. mobile dune system might bury the place. I do not believe any golfer with a conscience, ­having watched this documentary, could pay Donald Trump a £200 green fee to go on his course and enjoy their round'. Golf Monthly editor Bill Elliott, who is also chairman of the Association of Golf Writers, has joined those calling for a boycott of the Menie courses: he has pledged never to set foot on the links.

Rumours that former US President Bill Clinton is to come and play a round at Menie has led to gushing worthies looking out their best summer frocks. A spokeswoman for a local dry-cleaning firm said that Clinton's visit would bring a welcome surge in business.

The Daily Telegraph's City Diary has dubbed Trump “the Meanie of Menie” after payment disputes with suppliers. Currently he is facing questions over a failed property development in Florida where investors are suing him and others for £5.4m. Then he was booed at the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The heckling continued during his speech, which forced him to cut it short and exit the building. This is in sharp contrast to the applause Trump received from the 'great and the good' of Aberdeen when he was presented with an honorary degree at Robert Gordon University (RGU). Dr David Kennedy, the former RGU principal, handed back his own degree in protest, stating that Trump was not a fit person to be awarded an honorary degree.

Citing economic reasons overriding environmental concerns, the Scottish National Party-led Government may have rubber-stamped Trump's golf development, but the love-fest between Alex Salmond and the bullying millionaire is over. In 2009 Salmond asked Trump to endorse the early release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi: Trump refused. Then they fell out over the proposed EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay. Trump was so angry he withdrew his invite for 'Mad Alex' to open his golf course. On Twitter, Trump clashed over the turbines with Sir Alan Sugar (host of UK The Apprentice 'reality' TV show: Trump presents the US version, where he uses the catchphrase "you're fired" for budding entrepreneurs who fail to make the grade.) Trump told Sir Alan that he'd be a nobody if it wasn't for him, finally tweeting:- 'Drop to your knees, Sugar, and say thank you.'

On March 26th the Scottish Government gave consent for the EOWDC. Trump reacted:- "These windmills are going to kill Aberdeen. A tremendous number of cases of cancer are caused because of the electric currents. We will put our future plans on hold, as will many others, until this ridiculous proposal is defeated. A lot of people were devastated when their houses were ruined and their values destroyed when they put up a windmill near it. People are fighting these ugly monstrosities. I'll bring a lawsuit. It will be tied up for many years in court." The Trump Organisation announced on April 15th that Gordon Steele QC, one of Scotland’s leading counsel on planning procedures, is to lead their team seeking a judicial review of the decision to give the green light to the development of the EOWDC. A series of geotechnical boreholes was drilled in Aberdeen Bay to validate the findings of desktop research and work started in May to bore test drill-holes. On November 12th 2013 Trump's lawyers began their case in the Court of Session, challenging the Scottish government decision to approve EOWDC.

Last November, at a new HQ building for an energy company where he was cutting the ribbon, Alex Salmond noticed a design feature which Trump could incorporate at his nearby resort, since he so dislikes dark, satanic windmills bedeviling the seascape and spoiling the views. On many floors, the new building has no windows.

The Scottish Green Party reported Trump to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) watchdog after a Trump International 'anti-windfarm' advert was placed in two D.C.Thomson-owned newspapers on December 14th 2012. The disgraceful advert tried to link the release of the Lockerbie bomber to tourism and Scottish Government support for renewable energy. Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:- “Trump has sunk to a new low. Linking renewables policy to Lockerbie victims is sick. Not only did he have no shred of evidence that tourism would suffer when we quizzed him during the Scottish Parliament’s inquiry into renewables at Holyrood, he has already been censured by the authorities for placing similar anti-renewables adverts. Trump’s organisation has already trashed a unique environment on the coast of Aberdeenshire and trampled on the rights of local people. Now he appears to be determined to buy up chunks of the Scottish press. It’s vital that Scotland doesn’t allow a bully to think he can flash his cash and get his own way.”

Trump told MSPs that he was "the evidence", when asked for information to back his claims that wind power will damage Scotland's tourism industry. A damning ASA report in April 2013 describes the anti-windfarm advert as 'distasteful'. Trump could not substantiate the claims in the advert, and the image used was also misleading. The ASA have banned the ad campaign. "The ad must not appear again in its current form," they said. "We told Trump not to make claims unless they could be substantiated with robust evidence and not to use misleading imagery." Trump responded by branding the ASA as “disorganised, inefficient and wasteful”.
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