Tycoon plays environmental Trump card for golf project
US property tycoon Donald Trump has defended his vision for a £1 billion golf resort in Aberdeenshire as he faces opposition from environmental groups.
The location of what Trump says will be 'the best golf resort in the world' is a bone of contention with critics who say the Menie Estate is home to a rich variety of wildlife.
However, the billionaire businessman claims he is prepared to spend a lot of money to ensure the environment is not damaged.
Speaking at a media conference at the Aberdeenshire site, he said: 'Each and every golf course I have built has got awards for environmental protection and I do not think anyone has got as many awards as we have.
'I believe when we are finished the course will be better environmentally than before we started.
'It's possible I could lose a great deal of money. It would cost a lot less money if we did not care about the environment.'
A final decision will be made by Aberdeenshire Council on October 30, after planners already gave their initial backing.