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Architect goes public on square

THE acclaimed architect behind the scheme chosen for the redesign of George Square in Glasgow is planning to meet the public following the rejection of his plans by the council.

John McAslan has demanded a meeting with city council leader Gordon Matheson after the council effectively scrapped the George Square competition.

Mr McAslan, whose practice won the £15 million contest to revamp the square, accused Mr Matheson of playing political games. Now he plans to meet people in George Square to discuss what they want from the square following the council move.

Mr McAslan, who wants to salvage the project, said he wanted a public meeting to persuade Glaswegians of the scheme's merits. The London-based architect will be at the Scott monument from 2pm on Monday.

The plan was pulled because of objections to major changes to the square. It contains the cenotaph and statues of some of Scotland's leading figures.

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