Friday, December 21, 2007

Trumpton Village

an aerial view of Menie EstateFrom the inbox.

Hi all
Sorry to send out a group email like this, but am at my wits' end with the local press and the world in general.
For those who don't know, the story goes like this. US property tycoon Donald Trump (nee Duck) is attempting to develop Menie Estate on the Aberdeenshire coast. The site is a tremendous untouched sand dune system, next door to Forvie National Nature Reserve, and a protected site (SSSI) in its own right. However, the big fella wants to build 2 golf courses, 1500 homes (all well outside the price range of the locals) and a hotel a third of a mile long. It flies in the face of Scottish development and environmental legislation, but due to the spin created by a very well-oiled PR machine, has a lot of support from those in 'business'. They are saying it should go ahead, and all hell with the conservation legislation.
Aberdeenshire Council's infrastructures committee very bravely rejected the proposals, on the grounds of environmental concerns and issues with the scale of the housing development. Since then, those councillors who voted against the scheme have been blasted in the local press, and one was apparently assaulted outside her house as a result. The press have been absolutely disgraceful, printing a one-sided view of the issue. The upshot of it all is that an emergency meeting is to be held next week, as a result of the 'overwhelming public outcry' about the infrastructure committee's decision. The aim is, apparently, to get the decision overturned.
Interestingly, the local paper, the Press and Journal, ran a poll on its website that was mysteriously pulled when it showed a 60-40 split in favour of upholding the council's decision...
Anyway, for those few of you who've read this far, and care at all about this issue, or the status of environmental law at all, please sign the petition on the Downing Street website to object to the scheme going ahead. Only takes a minute, here’s the link.
Latest news here, here and here.


  1. Yes, this is a disgraceful case which I have been following; however, without knowing anything about Scottish planning laws, I'd guess that this falls within the remit ultimately of the Edinburgh Parliament, rather than Downing St? Unless anyone knows differently.

  2. Well, it would make a change if English MPs started meddling in Scottish Affairs!

  3. Since we are supposedly a global village, any voice should be counted anywhere.

  4. I agree, Anne. But unfortunately "You must be a British citizen or resident to sign the petition" on the PMs website.

  5. ...Or an ex-pat out in the colonies!

    I published an update on this story a few days ago, with the No 10 e-petition link and a rather nice RSPB photo of the sand dunes under threat. The Scottish Government is free to ignore the petition, of course, but I'm sure the RSPB will make the most of it. So, worth signing in order to support the RSPB campaign.

  6. I just have to wonder what the likes of Donald Trump and some others closer to home ever reflect on what destruction they are bringing about when they greedily pursue objectives of this kind. Let us hope that in due course and long after humanity is no more that nature will once again take over the 'management' of the planet.