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March 22 2018

Glasgow approves City Centre Lanes strategy
Glasgow City Council has put its weight behind an action plan to develop 90 underutilised lanes crisscrossing the city centre in a bid to breathe new life into forgotten spaces.

Part of a wider initiative to reimagine the city centre the project aims to improve the city centre as a place in which people are encouraged to live and linger through a concerted programme of landscaping and public realm work.

This will help deal with problems associated with anti-social behaviour, unauthorised parking and refuse collection by encouraging shops, restaurants and bars to colonise back streets spanning seven target areas at Sauchiehall, Bath, Renfield and Tontine Lanes as well as around the Willow Tearooms extension, Princes Court and Garnethill.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of the City Centre Lane Strategy allows us to begin work with our partners that will make the most of what is an unrealised asset for the city.  The regeneration of the area’s lanes will bring new life to the city, and deliver cultural, economic and social benefits for Glasgow.”
Bath Lane presents an unappetising prospect in its present guise
Bath Lane presents an unappetising prospect in its present guise
Sauchiehall Lane will be spruced up as part of the approved strategy
Sauchiehall Lane will be spruced up as part of the approved strategy

7 Comments

The 'B word'
#1 Posted by The 'B word' on 22 Mar 2018 at 13:31 PM
So the council has commissioned a strategy to 'reimagine the city centre' by replacing glasgow's clouds with blue sky and lining the AHU units with bunting....oh yes very good. This really is architecture.
Auntie Nairn
#2 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 22 Mar 2018 at 13:46 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is the whole point of back lanes not to keep the bins and the servicing etc off the main streets? and not to be used by the public?
DaveyJones
#3 Posted by DaveyJones on 22 Mar 2018 at 14:24 PM
This seems like a really good idea, I'm all in favor of it. I use the lanes already as it's nice to get away from the traffic. Some of the lanes are in real state though, Sauchiehall and Bath street lanes are difficult to walk down and need resurfacing.
On a negative point it does seem to take a long time to get these things moving - it's been talked about for a some time now.
James Hepburn
#4 Posted by James Hepburn on 22 Mar 2018 at 22:38 PM
Glasgow City Council historically has a shocking history of managing the city's conservation and development. So many great buildings have been lost and some of their decisions (Park) are highly dubious. I hope someone with some vision and a decent amount of funding is in charge of this.
Pablo
#5 Posted by Pablo on 23 Mar 2018 at 18:35 PM
#2, Perhaps, but there is a better use for them. If you can find a way to use the lanes at the same time as finding another way to keep bins from the street... then you've potentially got a great urban feature to be used inventively. Other cities manage to use their lanes to great effect, and we should too.

Great idea. If executed well...
scotsguy61
#6 Posted by scotsguy61 on 28 Mar 2018 at 14:24 PM
The truck will be how do you service the buildings and provide somewhere for rubbish collection whilst offering amenity to the public to revitalize the space. Clearly someone has come up with an answer, hold that thought, a strategy which is really quite different, more like an aspiration.
Billy
#7 Posted by Billy on 28 Mar 2018 at 16:20 PM
Sounds good but not much sun will get down those lanes. Could be quite cool on the more elevated ones which might act as wind tunnels and in the shade, And they will need to build bin sheds to hide the bins. Don’t fancy have a wine or something to eat with a big bin in view.

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