BILLIONAIRE businessman Donald Trump has written to Alex Salmond for a second time, objecting to plans to build an offshore windfarm near his luxury golf resort.
In his letter he described the turbines – to be located just over a mile from his golf course – as “big and ugly”.
A planning application for an 11-turbine windfarm off Aberdeen Bay was submitted to Marine Scotland last month. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150million joint venture by utility company Vattenfall, engineering firm Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
The Trump Organisation filed its objection to the application earlier this month and Mr Trump wrote to Mr Salmond, saying the turbines were “disastrous and environmentally irresponsible”, and left an “ugly cloud hanging over the future of the great Scottish coastline”.
Mr Trump’s £750million development on the Menie estate is nearing completion.
In his second letter to the first minister, he said the turbines would have a negative impact on Scottish tourism.
He wrote: “People do not want to travel from all over the world to go to Scotland in order to stare out at big, ugly structures. Trust me, they will go somewhere else.
“Recently a person living in Scotland wrote a letter to me saying that the erection of the enormous windmills on the North Sea ‘will have a huge negative impact on tourism in Scotland’.
“I did not include this quote in my original letter to you but felt it was an important and true observation.”
In a postscript, he added: “I have just learned that all 11 windmills at the Vattenfall site will look different, which will make this already ugly project look much worse than originally projected.”