I have just read some great news: Donald Trump’s plans to build a golf resort along a stretch of stunning Aberdeenshire coast have been thrown out.
I was up that way for a famous “pheasant-less shoot” last month and walked along the very beach he planned to build beside. It is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach (it has an unusual pink grain to it) and collection of sand dunes I have ever seen in the UK. From what I heard from locals, Trump’s plans were gaudy, over-sized and driven purely by money without a passing thought for the damage his resort might do to the beauty of the untouched surroundings.
For once, a council has stood up to the developers and money did not win. Certain London councils – Kensington & Chelsea and the Lots Road development, for one – should take note.
The local Aberdeen farmer who stood to cash in and has been loudly bragging in recent months – “Mr Trump ese nice n deep-lay linin’ mey puckets” – should hang his head in shame now that the deal has been tossed in the bin.