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Terec Tycoon’s staff meets with north-east charities with view to providing jobs on project

Trump resort officials discuss helping local unemployed

Ryan Crighton

Trump Organisation officials met two north-east charities to discuss helping disadvantaged and long-term unemployed people into work.

US billionaire Donald Trump wants to build a golf course worthy of hosting the Open championship at the Menie Estate near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire.

It has emerged that in recent weeks Trump representatives met officials from Aberdeen Foyer and Peterhead-based training and education firm Terec. It is the biggest indication yet that Mr Trump wants to keep the thousands of jobs which will be created at the site for local people.

Some fears had been raised that the scheme would create a minimal amount of jobs for locals, but Neil Hobday, manager of the project, insists there will be a job bonanza for the north-east. He said: “I have had meetings with both of these groups over the past few weeks and they have been very encouraging.

“Plans are still at an early stage, but this project is going to create a lot of jobs for Aberdeen City and Shire.”

Mr Trump was in the north-east at the start of the week to hold meetings about the proposed development.

The resort plans, including 500 private houses, two 18-hole courses, a hotel and close to 1,000 holiday homes, are due to come before Aberdeenshire councillors on October 30. The plans are recommended for approval, which angered groups opposed to the development.

Sustainable Aberdeenshire last night said the resort would have no benefit to the local population or environment. A spokesman said: “Nowhere is the destruction of one of the last mobile dune systems in the UK or the knock-on effect that may have on Forvie Sands, a site of international significance for migratory birds, even mentioned.”

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