THE new owners of Windsor Yards have been urged to consider changing the name of the mall in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The center was sold to AEW UK Investment Management as part of its âurban real estate strategyâ with the aim of transforming the sites into a âmodern developmentâ.
While politicians hailed the takeover, a petition has since circulated urging the new owners to consider changing the name to its old name King Edward Court, or a new name Duke of Edinburgh’s Court in memory of Prince Philip.
Petitioner John Webb, of Windsor, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the name change would be a ‘win, win’ for residents, businesses and AEW as the current Windsor Yards label rings ‘dirty’ and âAt low rentâ.
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The name of the shopping center was changed in 2017 to Windsor Yards in order to “refresh” its image and give it a “trendy atmosphere”.
Mr. Webb said: “It is [name] doesn’t agree with the area and everyone still calls it King Edwards Court.
“There are very, very few people who call it Windsor Yards locally and this seems like a good opportunity to get in touch with AEW to let them know what the residents are thinking.”
Following the death of Prince Philip, Mr Webb said if the mall could not be renamed to King Edward Court, his new title should honor the Duke as he was a respected local figure in Windsor.
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Mr Webb said he was “more in favor” of the Duke of Edinburgh’s court title as it would be a “fitting tribute” to His Royal Highness, who died in April at the age of 99.
The petition was launched on May 9 and has, to date, collected over 340 signatures.
John Webb said: âI think what it shows 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