Trump golf course's Scottish neighbours demand apology

Thursday April 25 2019

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2019, before departing for Atlanta, Georgia, to speak at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KAMM |

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2019, before departing for Atlanta, Georgia, to speak at the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. PHOTO | NICHOLAS KAMM |  AFP

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Residents living near a golf course built by US President Donald Trump in Scotland are demanding an apology from their local council for allowing the venture to go ahead, a meeting will hear later Thursday.

"The council supported the destruction of an irreplaceable nature conservation site on the basis of unlikely and exaggerated promises of jobs and investment," the petition states. "We deserve an apology."

"Lessons will have to be learnt from this sad episode," it adds.

The petition submitted to Aberdeenshire Council, the local authority, demands an "apology for past governance failure" in allowing the golf course to be constructed.

The council must agree whether to consider the petition at its meeting on Thursday, and if it does, could order a further report on the subject.