Councillor Martin Ford has been sacked as the convenor of the infrastructure services committee after he cast the deciding vote which rejected the Donald Trump’s plans for a £1 billion golf resort in Aberdeenshire.Martin Ford, Aberdeenshire Liberal Democrat councillor, has been sacked as the convenor of the infrastructure services committee after he cast the deciding vote which rejected the Donald Trump’s plans for a £1 billion golf resort in Aberdeenshire.
As convenor of the committee, the councillor cast the deciding vote after the committee were unable to reach agreement. This provoked anger amongst the business community in the area who believe the project will bring much needed investment and jobs.
Councillor Ford was voted off the committee following an emergency meeting on December 12th. The decision to remove the councillor was by a clear majority of 26 to 10 votes. Lack of support from the councillor’s own party proved crucial, as there were 29 abstentions on the vote to remove him. By abstaining, the councillor’s party colleagues showed their support for the golf resort and effectively allowed him to be removed from the committee.
Leader of the SNP group, Joanna Strathdee, stated that “Aberdeenshire Council needs to restore the confidence of the business and wider community in the planning process and show the world that North East Scotland really is open for business and serious about inward investment…. As chair of one of the most important and powerful committees in the council charged with the economic development of the North East, it was clear that Cllr Ford's position was untenable."
The plans for the golf resort have now been called in by the Scottish Government as they believe the plans are of national significance and the decision should therefore not rest with the local council.
Whilst no decision has been reached on the golf resort, the decision to remove Councillor Ford has been welcomed by George Sorial, a representative for the venture, stated that it was a "very big step in the right direction".
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Trump International Golf Links, Scotland
Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, featuring two championship-caliber golf course and five-star luxury hotel among other amenities, would be built on a 1400 -acre stretch of spectacular sand dunes at Balmedie Beach on Menie Estate in the northeast part of the country.
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