Bestwood Estate is a large council estate located to the north of the city of Nottingham, England. Based on the 2011 census, its population is 4,719. There is also a ward of the City of Nottingham called Bestwood, which at the time of the 2011 census had a population of 16,753.
Andover Road in winter
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Origins and early yearsEdit
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Construction was commenced in the 1930s and by 1938 some of the roads had been established including Andover Road, Gainsford Crescent and Landcroft Crescent. Work was interrupted by World War II, after which the bulk of the housing stock was constructed. Most of the houses are constructed with similar layouts. They are generally semi-detached buildings or town houses. The first decades saw a generally working class population in residence.
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Under Margaret Thatcher's Right to Buy policy, a modest proportion of council tenants chose to purchase their rented property at hugely discounted prices. The majority of the housing stock remained in council ownership. The demographic of the inhabitants noticeably altered since the estate's early years. The estate increasingly housed young families with high levels of unemployment.
The decline of Bestwood Estate continued, with increasing crime levels. Policing the area became difficult as a small number of local families established a grip on it. Most prominent amongst these was the extended Gunn family. Supported by the proceeds of crime and drug-dealing, the Gunns gained notoriety for their ruthlessness. A number of highly publicised murders eventually led to the arrest and imprisonment of some members of the family. These people were described as the Bestwood Cartel and the Godfathers of Nottingham gang crime. Bestwood Estate earned an enduring and strongly negative reputation as a centre of crime, intimidation and anti-social behaviour. Violent crime and theft remain a problem.
Bestwood has frequent bus services ran by Nottingham City Transport that travel through the estate; the main services include several services on the Brown Line which travel through Andover Road, Gainsford Crescent and Southglade Road in the direction of Nottingham to Rise Park via Hucknall Road, City Hospital and Top Valley. There are also other bus services that travel just outside the estate on Hucknall Road ran by Nottingham City Transport and TrentBarton.
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