Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, has launched fresh criticism of billionaire developer Donald Trump following a visit to the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Harvie viewed tree-planting on top of massive mounds of earth which surround a local resident's house. The trees breach the planning conditions relating to Mr Trump's environmentally-destructive golf course.

The MSP, who successfully earned a reprimand for the tycoon from the authorities for his sick anti-windfarm adverts, also saw from himself the failed attempts to stop sand movement in the internationally-important dune system. The dunes have swamped the fences that were planted.

Patrick said:

"The bullying of local residents and the trashing of an internationally-important nature site are out of sight out of mind for most of us but it's clear to me the intimidation and destruction are continuing. I understand the unpermitted tree-planting on the earth piles surrounding one resident's house could be corrected but it simply shows the arrogance of this developer.

"I would encourage people to see for themselves the mess at Menie. It should serve as a reminder that when councils and governments suck up to the rich the public tends to pay the price."


Aberdeenshire’s Democratic Independent and Green Group of councillors (DIGG) recently called for a regularly-updated list of planning enforcement actions