THE new owners of Windsor Yards have been urged to consider changing the shopping centre’s name in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The centre was sold off to AEW UK Investment Management under its ‘Urban Real Estate Strategy’ in a bid to transform the Yards into a ‘modern development’.
While politicians have welcomed this buyout, a petition has since been circulating urging the new owners to consider changing the name to either its old name King Edward Court, or a new name Duke of Edinburgh’s Court in memory of Prince Philip.
Petitioner John Webb, from Windsor, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service changing the name would be a ‘win, win’ for residents, businesses, and AEW as the current Windsor Yards label sounds ‘dirty’ and ‘low-rent type name’.
The shopping centre’s name was changed in 2017 to Windsor Yards in a bid to ‘refresh’ its image and give it a ‘trendy vibe’.
Mr Webb said: “It’s [name] is not in keeping with the area and everybody still refers to it as King Edwards Court.
“There are very, very few people who refer to it locally as Windsor Yards and this seems like a good opportunity to get in touch with AEW to let them know what the residents think.”
Following the passing of Prince Philip, Mr Webb said if the shopping centre can’t be renamed to King Edward Court, then its new title should honour the Duke as he was a respected, local figure in Windsor.
Mr Webb said he is ‘more in favour’ of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Court title as it would be a ‘fitting tribute’ to His Royal Highness, who passed away in April aged 99.
The petition was set up on May 9 and has, so far, garnered over 340 signatures.
John Webb said: “I think what it does show is that people don’t like the name Windsor Yards and would like something different.
“Who knows what it could be, King Edward Court or Duke of Edinburgh Court.”
Click here to view the petition: https://www.change.org/p/aew-uk-investment-management-rename-windsor-yards-shopping-cente-back-to-king-edward-court?source_location=topic_page