Petition against second Trump course

Donald Trump at his Menie golf course
Donald Trump at his Menie golf course

Campaigners have handed councillors a petition signed by 31,000 people opposed to the Trump Organisation’s plans for a second golf course in Aberdeenshire.

Proposals were submitted by the Trump Organisation for a second 18-hole course at Balmedie in 2015, three years after the first one opened.

Members of campaign organisation 38 Degrees presented the petition to Isobel Davidson in Ellon on Tuesday, February 6.

Campaigners said a recent 38 Degrees/Survation poll found that of those who expressed an opinion, 68 per cent said the course’s planning application should be rejected.

Stewart Kirkpatrick, head of Scotland for 38 Degrees, said: “After the first course failed to deliver the promised investment and jobs bonanza, Scots now feel the new plan just won’t bring economic benefits to the area. They don’t think the first course should have gone ahead and they certainly don’t feel this one should.”

Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links said: “The argument to build world-class golf and leisure facilities at Menie Estate was fought and won 10 years ago, which included a second golf course.

“Planning consent has already been granted and the project continues to attract great support. A number of independent reports have concluded that Trump’s golf course has brought significant economic benefits to the tourism industry and put Aberdeenshire on the world map.”

Councillors have still to make a decision on the planning application.