LATEST: U.S. tycoon Donald Trump has made fresh attempts to win over locals blocking his plans to build a luxury golf resort in Scotland - by trumpeting his environmental credentials. In a letter to the small town of Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, where he is pushing to build his $2 billion (GBP1 billion) complex, Trump proclaims, "I am a person who feels very strongly about the environment." The billionaire also boasts his U.S. golf courses - including one in Bedminster, New Jersey, and one in Westchester, New York - have received environmental accolades, and that he will try and achieve similar standards with this one. Referring to the fact that some locals have raised concerns about how the course would affect the local bird population, he adds in a letter obtained by the New York Daily News, "There will be no killing of birds any longer and therefore we are greatly protecting the bird population." The Apprentice star's hopes to built "the best golf course in the world" - which would house an eight story five-star hotel, two championship golf courses and 950 timeshare holiday apartments - were temporarily crushed after the proposal was rejected by Aberdeenshire Council on environmental grounds last month (28Nov07). But last week (ends 07Dec07) Scottish first minister Alex Salmon stepped in to save the project, personally overseeing the application for the $1 billion (GBP500 million) development. Trump says he believes the Scotland course could be "the greatest golf course in the world".