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Trump letter attacks councillor

Donald Trump accused Ms Storr of a bitter campiagn
Donald Trump accused Ms Storr of a bitter campiagn

US tycoon Donald Trump has called a councillor who opposed to his golf development in Aberdeenshire a "national embarrassment".

In a letter to Councillor Debra Storr, Mr Trump accused her of making "false and ridiculous" allegations about access gates at the Menie Estate.

He said she had conducted a "bitter and negative campaign" against the project.

Ms Storr said it was a pity the Trump Organisation had resorted to personal abuse rather than addressing the issue.

The proposal for two championship golf courses, 950 holiday homes and 500 houses were rejected by an Aberdeenshire Council committee before being called in by the Scottish Government.

Debra Storr
Ms Storr was one of four councillors who spoke out against the plans

Mr Trumps plans were finally approved last November.

Ms Storr was one of the councillors who opposed the US tycoon's plans.

She resigned from the Lib Dem group on the council after claiming there was a "witch-hunt" against her.

The councillor has recently made complaints about gates giving access to the sand dunes on the Menie estate being locked by guards.

She also claimed that she had been intimidated by Mr Trump's security personnel.

In the letter, the tycoon said Ms Storr should be ashamed of her "disgraceful publicity stunts".

Ms Storr said: "The fact that Mr Trump has resorted to personal abuse seems little more than an attempt to deflect attention away from the real issue of legal public rights of access at Menie Estate.

"Everything I have done has been perfectly lawful. Indeed, I have myself submitted a formal complaint to Grampian Police regarding the unacceptable behaviour of Mr Trump's staff towards me at the weekend which was at the very least a very frightening experience."

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