Could one of Whitby’s main roads be going right royal?
There are calls for the new bridge to be re-named the ‘Prince George Bridge’ after William and Kate’s first-born child and the future King of England.
Whitby Town Council agreed at a meeting on Monday night that it is going to put the suggestion to North Yorkshire County Council, which will decide whether the bridge can be re-named.
Cllr Denis Collins raised the issue after being approached by a number of people in the town who thought it would be a good idea.
He told the Gazette: “I have been approached by residents saying what a good idea they thought it would be if we could rename it ‘The Prince George Bridge’.
“I put it to the town council to see if they would agree to take it to full council and then get in touch with the county council.
“We could get the bairns from the local schools to unveil it and it would be something they wouldn’t forget in a long time if it was re-named.”
The inspiration for the possible re-naming has come from Middlesbrough where several streets are named after royalty such as Williams Avenue, King Edward Square and King George Terrace.
Cllr Collins added: “You go around Middlesbrough and there are names there that are royal. We have nothing like that in Whitby.
“The council might chuck it out but I thought I would put the idea out there. I think it is a good idea and have been asking people in the town what they think of calling it the Prince George Bridge and they seem to like the idea.”
However, there has been some mixed reaction to the suggestion for the bridge, which was constructed in the 1970s.
Costs for re-naming the bridge still have to be worked out.
When the Gazette asked readers what they thought via our facebook page earlier this week the debate generated over a hundred comments and was seen by over 5000 people.
People said they thought it would still be known locally as the new bridge and that if they were going to re-name it it would be better if the new name had some local connections.
Andy Mcarthy said: “Why name it after a member of the Royal Family? That’s so uninspired and out of touch with a lot of people (much like the council) Why not name it after someone local who has actually made a difference in this world?”
He added: “I think Fishburn bridge is more fitting. The bridge is close to the old boat yards and it was Fishburns boats that enabled Cook to make his voyages of discovery.”
Mavis Brewster said: “I think Prince George is lovely but come on I’m sure you have more important things to discuss the bridge has been open 30 odd years why now !!”
Marion Haste said: “Hell no! Name it after someone local who has actually DONE something for the town; not after a privileged kid who will never set foot in the place. Madness.”
A spokesperson for North Yorkshire County Council said it was the first suggestion they had had for re-naming a bridge for as long as the team could remember.
They added that if the request for a name change was made lots of factors would have to be considered such as the fact that it’s called the New Bridge on existing maps.