Glasgow City Council is seeking the public’s opinion of marches as it carries out a wider consultation into public processions.

The council is looking to find out whether or not parades have a positive or negative impact on local communities.

It comes on the back of heated tensions surrounding marches in the city, with violent scenes emerging during both Irish Republican and Loyalist events.

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However, it is worth noting the consultation covers all marches and processions, not just those brought into the spotlight in recent weeks.

 The consultation comes in the form of an online questionnaire for local residents, groups and businesses and launches today until December 23.

A notice from the council reads: “Those taking part are asked a variety of questions regarding such events – including whether they have a positive or negative impact on their local community.

“The council is also working with experts Ipsos Mori to carry out further work, including focus-groups and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders – including organisations that regularly hold public processions.

“Data from every part of the consultation process will be fed back into the review of parades and processions announced by the council in September, with a report likely to go before members in the New Year.”

The council state, however, that participants are not asked whether they believe the parades should or should not be permitted, as this lies beyond the council’s legal powers.

Tensions were initially heightened on August 30, when riot-like scenes erupted in Govan after Loyalist protesters disrupted an Irish Unity march by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band.

On September 12, after two weekends of violence, an emergency committee ruling took an unprecedented step to block six processions following advice from Police Scotland amid fears of protests.

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At that meeting, the council revealed it was considering whether a moratorium on public processions could be introduced to ease tensions while a long-term approach to parades is considered.

The council later reversed it’s position, allowing four loyalist parades to go ahead the following week.

You can give your views on the processions here until December 23.