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Introduction

Situated between one of world′s greatest cities, London, and the beautiful Surrey and Kent English countryside, and also with great local transport links to the coast and London′s centre − Forestdale and the surrounding areas are places to live.

The Forestdale Estate is a large private residential estate on the edge of the London Borough of Croydon, 4km. south of Croydon town centre. It has easy transport links to London and the rest of the UK, and an inherent "greenness′" was retained in its original development.

The main three roads through the estate, Courtwood Lane, Pixton Way and Bardolph Avenue are publicly adopted roads. A number of public footpaths and bridle ways also go through the estate. Branching off these three public roads are a total of 21 distinct areas or smaller estates, almost all of which are on private land. Osward is a large area of the estate that is publicly adopted as are parts of Markfield.

Forestdale is designated "a gardened estate" − an estate where the number of trees, bushes, shrubs and communal garden areas between the properties are beyond the capability of a local council to maintain. Such similar estates are not uncommon across the UK and can provide "quiet" residential "cul de sacs" that have a pleasant "green" nature.

The private estate areas are managed by private management companies. These management company areas are funded by all the properties in that area paying a communal maintenance fee that covers the maintenance of the communal areas. Most management companies employ a managing agent to undertake the maintenance work and the company is overseen by an elected board of resident trustee directors which are elected onto the board by the residents in each area. The maintenance charge is in addition to the local council tax.


 

The whole estate has an active residents′ association, the FRA (Forestdale Residents′ Association). At the centre of the estate is an active community centre known as The Forestdale Forum Community Centre. The FRA facilitates Social Membership of the FRA, and FRA members have access to a licensed bar, and a programme of members′ social and recreational activities. The FRA, its committee and the FRA members work closely together to ensure that the community centre and grounds are maintained in accordance with the lease. It only costs £20 to join the FRA with an annual renewal fee of £10 − membership benefits include discounted hall hire rates of the hall at the Community Centre.

Adjacent to Forestdale are the residential estates of Selsdon Vale and the smaller Ashen Vale. All three estates are situated close to the beautiful Selsdon Woods − a nature conservation / bird sanctuary area owned by the National Trust and managed by the London Borough of Croydon.

There are shops on the estate at The Forestdale Centre and at the nearby small Crossways Shopping Parade. In nearby Selsdon there is a high street of shops, a supermarket, a library and a community hall.

One of the features of Forestdale is the way in which the developer in many areas built a mixture of different size properties within a particular area thus allowing for the development of a real community without all the flats, medium sized or larger properties all being built or divided into distinct separate areas. Many original trees from the open land were also retained in the building of the estate.




Picture of Forestdale