Jobs at Donald Trump's Scottish hotel and golf development fail to materialise

08 July 2013 by
Jobs at Donald Trump's Scottish hotel and golf development fail to materialise

The American entrepreneur Donald Trump has failed to create thousands of jobs through the multi-billion pound hotel and golf development he has planned for the east coat of Scotland.

Only 200 of the promised 6,000 jobs have so far materialised for the project which has caused controversy because of its impact on environmentally sensitive areas.

The shortfall between Trump's vision and the realities of the venture have been investigated by the Panorama team and will be broadcast on BBC1 tonight, according to The Independent.

The fact that the jobs have not yet materialised is a major embarrassment for Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, after he personally intervened when the plan was rejected by the local infrastructure committee in his Aberdeenshire consistency. In 2008, Salmond boasted: "The balance of opinion among people in the north-east of Scotland and among my constituents is very strongly in favour. And that's because we can see the social and economic benefits.

"I mean, 6,000 jobs across Scotland, 1,400 local and permanent jobs here in the north-east of Scotland - that's a very powerful argument which outweighs the environmental concerns."

Trump's representatives say that only 200 new jobs have been created and Panorama estimates that only £25m has been spent with just one golf course and a temporary clubhouse developed so far.

'Panorama: The Trouble With Trumpwill be shown on BBC1 tonight at 8.30pm.

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