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Fisherman bunkers Trump golf plan

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  • Scottish fisherman says he won't sell land to Trump International
    U.S. tycoon wants to build 450-room hotal and 18-hole golf course
    "It's mine and I'm keeping it," says Michael Forbes
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(CNN) -- A Scottish fisherman who owns a plot of land earmarked for a proposed golf course to be built by Donald Trump says he has no intention of selling up no matter how much pressure the U.S. tycoon puts on him.


Donald Trump plans to build a 450-room hotel and a golf course on the Scottish coast.

Michael Forbes owns a 23 acre plot at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, on the east coast of Scotland, that sits between Trump's planned 18-hole golf course and a 450-bedroom hotel.

"It's mine and I'm keeping it," the 55-year-old told the local Press and Journal newspaper, which reported that Trump International had offered $700,000 for the land -- a price Forbes said was well below its value.

"He's not used to people saying no to him," he said.

Trump, in Scotland this week to view the site of his proposed development, has publicly criticized Forbes for the "disgusting" state of his land, the UK Press Association reported.

He said the plot was in "total disrepair" and accused Forbes of keeping it badly maintained so he could benefit financially.

According to PA, Trump said there were "rusty tractors, rusty oil cans -- I actually asked him 'are you doing this on purpose to try and make it look bad, so I have to pay some more money?"

British newspapers drew similarities between the golf course row and the plot of "Local Hero," a whimsical 1983 film in which a U.S. oil baron is thwarted in his attempt to buy a stretch of Scottish coastline by a beach-dwelling eccentric.

Concerns have been raised over the environmental impact of the development, but Trump International insists it will improve the area rather than harm it, also boosting the local economy, PA said.

A decision on the development is expected to be made by Aberdeenshire authorities at the end of the month. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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