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The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Quite frankly the Me­nie golf course, part of the “Trump Tri­an­gle,” should never have been per­mit­ted (Mar­tyn Mclaughlin, Per­spec­tive, 11 Oc­to­ber).

Re­port­edly the north-east golf­ing at­trac­tion lost “nearly £1.4 mil­lion last year” and £1.1m the year be­fore.

Wasn’t there an eco­nomic ar­gu­ment jus­ti­fy­ing the “se­vere im­pact” on the Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est (SSSI)? The eco­nomic ben­e­fits were of “na­tional im­por­tance,” would di­ver­sify the econ­omy and sup­port de­vel­op­ment of tourism. Pity many con­ven­tional econ­o­mists didn’t see a global fi­nan­cial cri­sis and an oil price crash com­ing. It’s un­likely the Me­nie golf course will re­place the jobs lost, with the down­turn in oil.

Eth­i­cal eco­nomics op­posed the plans for the Me­nie golf

re­sort be­cause it would de­stroy the SSSI.

ELLIS THORPE Old Chapel Walk, In­verurie

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