North Kelvin back lanes

Most of the back lanes in North Kelvin are so-called unadopted private lanes which are not serviced by Glasgow City Council. It is left up to the owners of the adjoining properties to manage the lanes.

For some time we have been involved in community clean-ups to try to keep the lanes tidy and to encourage residents to look after their own patch.

But more needs to be done, particularly where there are concerns related to bin-lorry access, fly-tipping or other antisocial behaviour.

We are therefore attempting to support local residents in managing their lanes.

We have compiled a register of private lanes (see below) in North Kelvin along with any associated residents’ groups and known problems.

Please help us plug the gaps! If you know of any lanes that aren’t mentioned below or have any information about any local group or problem associated with a lane, please let us know (add a comment below or contact us) and we will add the info to the list.

If you would like to find out more about forming a residents’ group, please come along to one of our meetings or see the Toolkit below.

Don’t forget you can also help improve your local environment by becoming a Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteer. See our community clean-ups page.

Lanes Strategy Toolkit

A pioneering lanes working group in association with GCC and Cllr Wardrop has produced a Lanes Strategy Toolkit to help and support residents, owners, factors and landlords to work together within their communities to improve the conditions within their shared private lane. The toolkit can help you find out

  • if your lane is private or public
  • how to tackle an ongoing issue
  • how to establish a residents group
  • the correct way to dispose of waste and bulky items
Oban Lane

Oban Lane after a clean-up

North Kelvin lanes register

Residents’ group?
Botanic Crescent Lane
off Kelvin Drive
Clouston Lane
Doune Gardens Lane
Fergus Lane
Garrioch Crescent Lane
Garrioch Road Lane
Kelvinside Gardens Lane
Lothian Gardens Lane
Lyndhurst Gardens Lane
Mingarry Lane
Oban Lane
Striven Gardens Lane
Wilton Crescent Lane
Yarrow Gardens Lane

Clouston Street lanes

Garrioch Road Lane runs along the west side of North Kelvin Meadow, and volunteers from the Meadow group have been helping to manage it, eg by cutting back vegetation and overhanging branches that were obstructing bin lorries. There is another lane off Clouston St on the east side of the Meadow.

Another unnamed lane runs parallel between Sanda and Mingarry streets, and Mingarry Lane is parallel between Mingarry Street and Queen Margaret Drive.

Clouston Lane is off the south side of Clouston Street.

Doune Gardens Lane

Issues identified: fly-tipping; bin lorry access. Residents’ group: Doune Gardens Lane Community Association (contact Gil Long:

Garrioch Crescent Lane

Garrioch Residents Association (GRA) was formed in March 1976 because of local concerns about the deterioration of the environment and the potential hazards to children playing in the area. It successfully applied for an environmental improvement grant, and since then decisions on the day-to-day management of the garden are made by the volunteer committee of residents. Communal gardening days are organised as a good opportunity for neighbours to meet and work together irrespective of their gardening knowledge (there is always an experienced gardener on hand to give advice if required), and any major work is done by professionals following consultation with the residents at a meeting. In 2010 the GRA was successful in its application to the Climate Challenge Fund.

All residents enjoy the open plan design of this space, either as a safe place for young children to play or as a quiet place to read or meet the neighbours or potter in the garden.

GRA is funded by a payment of £40 pa, which is invoiced by the treasurer quarterly to the factors. Contact:

Lyndhurst Gardens Lane

This serves four backcourt areas each of which has a separate block. The Dryburgh Gardens/Wilton St/Melrose Gardens block has had a backcourt association (DMW Association) for more than 40 years. There are 60 flats and each pays £100 per year, collected by factors and remitted to the Association. This funding pays for common repairs and also builds up a contingency fund if it is decided to undertake a major task.

Oban Lane

Off Queen Margaret Drive and Oban Drive. No residents’ association but the QMD traders usually arrange a clean-up prior to any of their events on the lane/drive. Not used by bin lorries. Top part largely overgrown by nettles.

Private Lane Bulk Waste Pilot

Neighbourhood Regeneration and Sustainability have begun a Private Lane Bulk Waste Pilot in two wards, Hillhead and Langside.

For a fixed fee of £50.00, residents in Hillhead can request the removal of up to 20 bulk waste items from their lane. This includes up to two white goods items within the 20 item total.  Requests may be subject to inspection by waste management and payment will be required in advance of service delivery.

For more information or to arrange an uplift, Hillhead residents should contact your Neighbourhood Liaison Coordinator:



  • Joy Laughlin

    Could you please tell me if your group includes West George lane in the city centre and if not do you know of a group that does? Also looking to establish how much authority GCC has over the lanes in particular relation to parking restrictions/ notices they are allowed to erect. Thanks

  • NKCC Admin

    Hi, our group doesn’t include the city centre. Perhaps this page might help?
    The community council area including West George Lane is Blythswood & Broomielaw.

  • Katie

    Hi there,
    Does anyone know if any of these North Kelvin residents groups had experience of applying for planning permission to install gates on these lanes to prevent fly tipping?

  • NKCC Admin

    Hi, am afraid we don’t know of anyone applying for permission for gates. A few of the lanes do have gates but these would have been installed before the conservation area came into being. It might be worth contacting PAS (Planning Aid for Scotland) for advice.

  • Ali Jarvis

    There is a new residents association called Clouston Lanes Neighbourhood Association (CLNA). Initially established to manage Botanic Crescent Lane which is jointly owned by the Clouston Street properties and the Botanic Crescent properties that back onto it. The longer term intent is to work with other residents to support improvements on others of the lanes off Clouston Street. We have just been successful in securing a small GCC grant for improvements to the fabric of the lane. Facebook page and contact details to follow

  • NKCC Admin

    That’s great to hear – good luck to CLNA and keep us informed!

  • Pat Malcolm

    Hi, do the Council still fix lights in the lanes? I have reported the one in Yarrow Gardens Lane nearest Belmont Street twice and it has not been done when others in the area have been done.

  • NKCC Admin

    Hi Pat, our understanding is that the Council usually repair them if it is just the light itself that needs fixed, but if the pole is damaged they won’t repair it. If it’s a private lane it’s the responsibility of residents.

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