Councillor Who Foiled Trump Sacked
LATEST: The councillor who used his casting vote to reject a $2 billion (GBP1 billion) golf development by DONALD TRUMP has been sacked as the committee's chairman - amid overwhelming support for the property tycoon's plans. Trump, who is hoping to build "the best golf course in the world" in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, which would include an eight storey five-star hotel, two championship golf courses and 950 timeshare holiday apartments, was originally stung by Councillor Martin Ford who used his deciding vote to reject the proposal. But in an emergency meeting on Wednesday (12Dec07), Aberdeenshire councillors voted 26 to 10 to unseat Councillor Ford as chairman of the infrastructure services committee, in what appears to be the biggest sign of hope for Trump's building plans yet. As well as backing the proposal, it was also decided that future planning applications of regional or national significance will go to the full council for a final decision. Trump said afterwards he was extremely encouraged by the support shown, and very grateful. His spokesman George Sorial said this was a "very big step in the right direction". He denied there was any pressure from the Trump Organisation and said the pressure had come from the people of Aberdeenshire themselves. The decision on whether Trump's dream will be realised now rests with the Scottish Government.