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30 May (Part 3) - Abbey Wood Village. The end

When there were high hopes that Wilton Road would develop into a thriving little shopping centre (†) once the Elizabeth line opened Bexley and Greenwich councils provided £300,000 to get it tarted up a bit. They took more than a third of it back in planning fees but no one expects total generosity from any Council.

One of the things they threw in for good measure in 2016 was a website. www.abbeyvillage.co.uk. It was never updated and to cut a long story short that domain name is now legally mine. I have only once received a request for a site update so it is now more out of date than ever.

The only activity is the occasional email to me as webmaster asking whichever trader to provide a service and I have to print them out and hand deliver the requests. With only four exceptions I do not know traders’ email addresses either.

There have been three such requests this week.

The domain name (both .co.uk and .uk) comes up for renewal on 17th June, £47 each plus VAT for three years. The web space comes free. Another long story.

Because traders have no interest in the website the decision has been taken to abandon it and it will therefore disappear in not much more than two week’s time. If anyone has a use for the domain, please ask.

† It didnְ’t.

 

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