Information for new residents

Welcome

The Keep Residents Association Ltd (KRA) welcomes you to your new home in The Keep. We have compiled a few facts for you to make your life easier and to make you feel at home in your new community. Whether you have bought your house, or you are renting, we hope that the following is helpful.

History of The Keep

The Keep was built by Span developments in 1957/8. There are other Span Estates in Blackheath (e.g. The Lane, Corner Green and The Plantation) as well as across the south east of England. Span Estates have won awards for their architectural design and landscaping which forms an integral feature of all Span estates. If interested, you can learn more about Span developments by reading ‘Eric Lyons and Span’ by Barbara Simms.

Conservation Area

The Keep has been designated a conservation area and we have some specific requirements about maintaining our houses as a consequence of this.

The Keep Residents Association Ltd

All owners of houses on The Keep contribute financially to the upkeep of the grounds and the estate roads, which are private, by paying a subscription, currently around £225 per quarter paid by standing order. Please contact the Board for payment details.

You may have bought your house on a freehold basis, or be a leaseholder. Originally, all of the houses were supplied on long leases (999 years) and a few are still owned on that basis.

Whether or not you are a freeholder, you do need to know about the estate’s Management Scheme. Your solicitors should have told you about this during the house buying process. All the Span estates have a Management Scheme, designed to ensure that the residents keep the estate looking as it should. All owners have to have a share in the company (The Keep Residents Association Ltd.), and the previous owners of the house should have transferred their share to you. If you do not have a share certificate please contact the Board.

Owners also agree to keep their houses well maintained, painting the outside every third year, and to keep the uniformity of the design and colour scheme. It is this uniformity, which helps to make The Keep recognisably a Span estate, and by ensuring that your house and its surroundings are well maintained, will maintain the value of all homes on The Keep. So, if you do wish to make any changes to your house, check first with the Directors of the KRA, who will consider your application. Further, it may also be necessary for you to obtain planning permission from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The Management Scheme has been approved by the High Court, and cannot be changed in any major way. We’ve included some information below about the exterior painting scheme which all houses must comply with.

We hold a meeting for all shareholders once a year, usually in St. Michael & All Angels’ Church Hall on Pond Road, to discuss major issues affecting The Keep. We will contact you in advance of the meeting to invite you and we look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in getting more closely involved in the running of the Keep Residents’ Association please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Directors.

Rubbish collection

Usually the Royal Borough of Greenwich collects rubbish on Tuesdays. Collection days do vary when Bank Holidays fall and are usually a day later. For the majority of houses on The Keep the collection point for wheelie bins is at the railway track end of the garage block. The exception is for houses which have back gates onto Morden Road Mews where residents are able to leave their wheelie bins. Please put out the rubbish on Monday evening, and collect your bin as soon as possible. If you don’t do this it causes problems for traffic coming and going by the garages, and makes the area look untidy. RB Greenwich operates a three colour scheme collection service:

Rubbish type Description Bin to use
Food and garden waste e.g. kitchen scraps, leaves, twigs, grass cuttings and other   garden waste Green top bin
Mixed dry recycling e.g. paper, glass, recyclable plastics Blue top bin
All other waste Items not listed above Black sacks or blacktop bins

Gardens

The garden maintenance company Seasons is employed by the KRA to maintain the communal areas and to carry out projects for The Keep. They are usually here on Monday afternoons.

Allotments

These are found at the back of Nos. 64 to 54, accessed at the side of 64. If you wish to have use of one of these please contact one of the Directors to discuss availability.

Social Events

We are a child-friendly community and hold various social events, in particular a summer BBQ and our own Keep fireworks night.

Newsletter

A newsletter appears periodically and, increasingly, we are communicating by email and a WhatsApp group. If you wish to be included please contact one of the Directors.

Content:  amended November 2019 by Diane.

Links to relevant websites

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Keep,_Blackheath_TQ4076_184.jpg

http://www.thenbs.com/account/AccountLanding.aspx?to=%2FnbsTV%2Farchitects%2Fprogramme%2Easp%3FrefCode%3D313087%26title%3DEric%2BLyons%2Band%2BSpan&Prod=NBS%20TV&type=1

http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/interactive-floor-plan-span-house-london/5098