Scottish National Heritage (SNH) have recommended the removal of a sand dune system from the list of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) due to it being “destroyed” by a golf course owned by the Trump Organization. Donald Trump had said during the construction process that he was ”fully committed to mitigating the effects of the course on the environment”.
A spokesperson for SNH said:
“The denotification of SSSIs is unusual, however in this case we have found there is no longer a reason to protect the dunes at Menie as they do not include enough of the special, natural features for which they were designated”.
The Trump Organization criticised the SNH in a statement:
“Before Donald Trump invested in the site, SNH had little interest in the SSSI at Foveran Links and did even less about it, and has barely been on property since. Trump International funds a team of leading geomorphological consultants, ecologists and environmental experts and has spent millions on the care, protection and maintenance of the small area of SSSI in Scotland that it owns and yet SNH has offered no support, guidance or help.
All this government agency wants to do is score political points and undermine that investment, custodianship and environmental management. No other SSSI site in the country has been afforded the amount of funding or expertise that Menie has and continues to receive.”