Regarding the Castle Mill flats, you say that ‘the University plans to mitigate the appearance of the buildings with additional landscaping and tree planting’ (‘Bulletin’, Oxford Today, Trinity 2015, p. 11). This will do almost nothing in my lifetime to improve the view from Port Meadow, and the views of the dreaming spires are of course gone forever. Nor does the published photograph come even close to representing the blocks’ true appearance from most of the Meadow.

I’m afraid that our descendants will look upon those who allowed these buildings to be erected as philistines.