Speculation about the fortunes of Windsor Town Centre is rife after a leading councillor told colleagues and members of the public he had received 'confidential information' he could not disclose.

Cllr John Bowden's comment came on Monday at the end of a meeting of Windsor Town Forum - which gives residents of the town the chance to raise issues with councillors.

Cllr Bowden (Conservative) who represents Eton and Castle ward on the Royal Borough was chairing the meeting - which was held online - when he was asked by Cllr Amy Tisi (Lib Dem: Clewer East) about recent speculation in the social media about the state of the town centre.

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She suggested inviting the management of the prestigious Windsor Yards (formerly King Edward Court) shopping centre to attend a future meeting of the forum to 'put their side of things'.

Cllr Bowden replied: "Some information was forwarded to me over the weekend which is purely confidential."

But he has refused to elaborate, insisting it is up Windsor's Town Centre manager Paul Roach to keeps councillors and the public up to date with relevant issues.

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Cllr Tisi said later in the week that she had emailed Cllr Bowden to ask for more information without getting a reply.

Aberdeen Standard Investments which owns Windsor Yards also declined to comment this week.

The year started badly for Windsor Yards with the closure of New Look and Top Shop, although the recent arrival of the White Company cheered things up.