It is an outrage that these villas, together with Hanover Lodge, which formed our hall of residence, have not been found a suitable public use. A museum of the Regency? An outpost of the National Gallery? A school of architecture?
What has happened instead is the spoiling of a great park. The excrescences built on what were gardens of Hanover Lodge by Quinlan Terry - fake gothic and classical villas - beggar description. Moreover, I hope that, should the Crown Estates be so foolish as to try and prevent access to the delightful - and public - gardens behind St John's Lodge, that lovers of the park will remember the M11 protesters and act accordingly.
Yours faithfully, LINDA SEMPLE Edinburgh 15 December