Trump windfarm challenge refused

Artists impression of the scale of the wind farm that is being opposed by Donald Trump
Artists impression of the scale of the wind farm that is being opposed by Donald Trump

The UK’s Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge by Donald Trump against a planned offshore windfarm off the Aberdeen coast.

The US businessman and presidential candidate began his challenge over two years ago as he feared the turbines would spoil the view from his golf course at Menie Estate.

Mr Trump had previously taken his challenge to the Scottish Courts and the UK’s Supreme Court.

Following the announcement a statement from The Trump Organisation said: “This is an extremely unfortunate verdict for the residents of Aberdeen and anyone who cares about Scotland’s economic future.

“The EOWDC will completely destroy the bucolic Aberdeen Bay and cast a terrible shadow upon the future of tourism for the area.”

It added: “We will evaluate the Court’s decision and continue to fight this proposal on every possible front.”

However Energy Minister Fergus Ewing disagreed by saying: “I am pleased that the Supreme Court has unanimously found in our favour.

“The proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is an important project for Aberdeen and North East Scotland.

“It will give the industry the ability to test and demonstrate new technologies to enable costs to be further reduced.

“Aberdeen is already of global importance for hydrocarbons and this wind deployment centre cements its role in renewable offshore development, further positioning Aberdeen as the energy capital of Europe and a world energy centre.”

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “Donald Trump has caused enough delay and uncertainty with his frivolous legal challenges.

“The UK Supreme Court has backed two previous rulings by the Scottish Courts and Trump should now stop wasting everyone’s time and give up.”

Meanwhile Alex Salmond MSP MP said: “These proceedings have been dragged out for years through three successive court judgements by Donald Trump as he tried to stop an offshore Aberdeen wind turbine demonstrator by means of legal action.

“In doing so he has at best postponed, and at worst jeopardised, a vital £200 million boost for the economy of the North East of Scotland.

“The offshore project could have been built by now with Aberdeen benefiting from becoming the offshore wind research centre of Europe – a vital development at a time of rock bottom oil prices.”