By Hayley Parr and Karen Thomson
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson is to be investigated by the police over his handling of the £15 million George Square renovation.
Police complaints spurred the inquiry into Labour councillor which will be carried out by the Major Crimes and Public Protection unit.
Mr Matheson said he is happy for this problem to be fully investigated and that he was confident of being cleared of any wrongdoing.
He faces claims of attempting to pressure staff and of having biased views in the revamp process.
Complaints made to the police by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) were relating to the council’s decision made at the start of the year to drop the George Square redesign plans.
Six different designs for the space went forward to a panel which was chaired by the council leader.
Graeme Hendry SNP Councillor for Garscadden and Scotstounhill said: “At this moment and time the accusations against Matheson are very serious.
I have to highlight that these are accusations and not proven but they are very serious and I think in that context with an on-going investigation the complaints from RIS, Audit Scotland will be looking into it as part of their annual review.
It is maybe time that someone with a fresh approach to look at Glasgow is appointed not someone who will be distracted by accusations hanging over their head.”