On Tuesday at Menie, large machinery was used to clear fishing nets and other equipment from the land and a fence was erected. However Michael Forbes, whose family home is threatened by compulsory purchase, has title deeds showing the land belongs to him.
The Forbes family are shocked and angry. Trump's agent called on them to confirm the land boundaries and Michael Forbes showed his title deeds. He was assured that all was well. But now it appears that the Trump Organisation have simply decided to clear and occupy this parcel of land.
I called on the Forbes family yesterday. Estate security had a vehicle on the track to Michael Forbes house and when I and a few others walked to the disputed land, we were followed by Estate security in their vehicles. When standing on the disputed land we were asked to leave with the security guard claiming it was a construction area. It clearly was not.
Ten days ago the water supply was cut off to Mill of Menie, the home of Mike and Sheila Forbes, and Paradise, the home of Mike's 85 year old mother Molly. The supply has just been restored.
Ten days to restore a water supply is disgraceful and I understand that the estate did not even attempt to supply water until Saturday. This inaction and the continuing surveillance of the Forbes family must feel like part of a campaign to intimidate them into leaving their home. I totally understand why the Forbes family are angry but I know they are determined not to be bullied.
But they will need help to defend their property and homes against Trump with his deep pockets. Layers cost money.
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