York Mansions, Chiltern Street
We are continuing to support York Mansions residents who have been battling with the Council for many years about the poor quality of the major works. They say:
“Are residents allowed to do public protests in relation to the shambolic mismanagement of the York Mansions major works project (started 7 years ago) by WCC, the poor value for money and the negative impact on the lives of residents?”
Sir Neville Cardus, The Guardian’s Cricket and Music Correspondent, lived at 112 Bickenhall Mansions from 1968 until his death in 1975. He wrote his first cricket article for the Guardian under the by-line ‘Cricketer’ in 1919. During the 1940s, Cardus wrote for The Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and for the Sunday Times in London. From 1951 he was London music critic for The Manchester Guardian, and he continued to write occasional music and cricket articles for The Guardian throughout the 1950s and 60s. He was awarded a CBE in 1964 and knighted in 1967. One of his friends, Elizabeth Grice wrote:
“From the autumn of 1973, I visited his green-upholstered subterranean flat every month for more than a year and we exchanged letters most days. The rooms smelled of old pipe tobacco. The kitchen was foreign territory. He had an early Lowry over his mantelpiece.”
You can read more in ‘The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus’ by Duncan Hamilton, published by Hodder & Stoughton.
We have again urged the Housing Department to deal with the conyinuing anti-social behavior at Holcroft Court, include the recent noisy late night/early morning ‘drinking sessions’ in the central courtyard.