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chiefs. Emer­gency ser­vices feared the es­ti­mated 100,000-strong march would have a detri­men­tal im­pact on the city cen­tre.

Golfers were up in arms in June when it was re­vealed Glas­gow Life, the coun­cil’s cul­tural and sport­ing arm, was launch­ing a con­sul­ta­tion on the fu­ture of the city’s pub­lic cour­ses.

At the end of the month, all po­lit­i­cal groups agreed the coun­cil should ex­plore tak­ing the city’s buses back into pub­lic own­er­ship.

With First Group an­nounc­ing its UK op­er­a­tions were go­ing up for sale, Labour coun­cil­lor Matt Kerr said: “Dereg­u­la­tion has failed. We need to look at a new model to de­liver this and put it safely in pub­lic hands.”

I also vis­ited the Egyp­tian Halls, re­garded by many as Alexan­der “Greek” Thom­son’s finest work. The de­cay­ing gem needs ex­ten­sive re­pairs and owner Derek Souter said he wants to put years of stalled deals be­hind him to save the build­ing.

Re­pairs will cost tens of mil­lions of pounds but Mr Souter be­lieves the Union Street prop­erty is the ideal lo­ca­tion for a new ho­tel.

As sum­mer con­tin­ued, Labour coun­cil­lor Martin McEl­roy called for a re­view of the role of the Lord Provost after a string of in­ci­dents in­clud­ing ac­cept­ing a Rolls Royce, re­fus­ing to fly the Rainbow flag and scrap­ping an an­nual Burns sup­per.

SNP coun­cil­lor Eva Bolan­der later stepped down from the role after an ex­penses row fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

She would re­pay a quar­ter of the £8000 she claimed for clothes, shoes and make-overs to per­form her civic du­ties.

There was also an­other visit to the pub­lic pro­ces­sions com­mit­tee when Po­lice Scot­land called for a re­pub­li­can flute band, un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for po­ten­tially breach­ing the Ter­ror­ism Act, to be banned from two marches in Glas­gow.

The force feared the band’s pres­ence could put pub­lic or­der at risk as of­ficers said ten­sions around marches con­tin­ued to

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