A view from the Bridge

DONALD Trump’s latest visit to the North-east came as opposition to the controversial plans for a windfarm in Aberdeen Bay began to crumble.

Four major opponents of the 11-turbine project, the Ministry of Defence, the National Air Traffic Service, RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, have all withdrawn their objections following assurances from the developers.

But the tycoon is remaining defiant amid the retreating allies, vowing that the battle has still a long way to go. He has, of course, called a halt to further work on a luxury hotel and holiday homes at his Balmedie resort until a decision is made on the offshore windfarm.

Make no mistake he is a formidable opponent and has warned he is prepared to hire the world’s top lawyers for a court showdown should the Scottish Government give the go-ahead for the development.

The billionaire insists he is fighting not just for Donald Trump, but for the Scottish people and for the good of Scotland.

But I can’t help but feel he should contain his rhetoric about wind turbines to those which he claims would tarnish the view from his championship links, rather than condemning the perceived impact he believes they would have on the Scottish tourism industry as a whole.

His continuing verbal attacks on First Minister Alex Salmond are beginning to sound just a little bit desperate.

The withdrawal of the statutory groups from the “opposition” corner leaves the tycoon pretty much exposed as the one strong voice still against the development.

The Donald’s long-running feud over the turbines is due to come to a head before the end of the year, with a ruling from the Scottish Government expected within the next few weeks.

He is threatening the legal route if the plans are approved and his aides maintain the go ahead will spell the deathknell for further work at the Menie resort. It makes for a fascinating finale.

In other news, a timely safety reminder for people using the Newburgh beach and estuary area following a seal attack on a dog which ended in the distraught owner having to put his pet down.

Fishery managers say that sadly it’s been an accident waiting to happen and the real fear now is that a child paddling or swimming could be the next victim of a seal attack.

Signs warning dog owners of the danger of seals in the water were removed within days of being put up. The advice to people using the area is to be wary of the risks.