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Trump delays golf resort plans

Donald Trump has been forced to put his golf resort plans on the Aberdeenshire coast on hold. The golf course, which is currently under construction, will go ahead and open next year, however the large complex planned to go with it including luxury villas and a large hotel has been postponed. Trump is blaming the economic downturn for the delay in building the £750m resort at Menie, just north of Aberdeen.

The controversial golf course, which has cost an estimated £60m to construct and is sited on dunes of ecological importance which are designated as a protected area, will open next July. However Donald Trump, who visited the site earlier this week said that the rest of the scheme, which was to include a 5 star hotel, golf academy, a second golf course, and up to 500 luxury apartments and villas within a gated community, would now be postponed due the worldwide economic situation. No indication was given of when construction might start.

If you want to experience the wind-blown beauty of the Aberdeenshire dunes, which are a haven for nesting terns at this time of year, there are walks at Balmedie Country Park and the Ythan Estuary which can be found on Walkhighlands.

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