Otago Lane under threat from housing development
A plan to build flats and commercial units in Otago Lane in Glasgow’s West End has come under fierce opposition amid fears it will ruin the boutique-style lane and force the closure of one its best-loved retailers, the Tchai Ovna tea house. Protesters are worried the proposed development will eradicate a large part of the conservation area, as well as worsening congestion and putting other local independent shops at risk.
Their Facebook page, Save Our Lane, already has upwards of three thousand members and is growing by the day. Supporters of the cause are being urged to write to Glasgow City Council to voice their concerns, and can also sign an online petition at http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/30135.html. This is the latest in a line of battles the area has had to fight with developers - just last year the Unite Group built a large student accommodation in Gibson Street after protests failed. Don’t let this one go the same way.