It is quite apparent to me that John Mason is the new whipping boy for all things going wrong within the Trade. The Anderson Shelter ran a story which implied that Mr Mason had issued more new satellite offices, much to the disgust of many drivers.
I had a meeting with Mr Mason on Monday afternoon / early evening and conveyed the concerns of the LCDC.
He assured me that he had issued no new sat-office licences and would forward me a email to explain the situation.
email received from Mr John Mason:
As I said, the position remains the same in that we suspended issuing any new licenses in venues with effect from 1st July.
In response to correspondence we received I explained on this issue I advised that this was not a permanent ban and, as you know, that this matter was subject to consultation and review.
In subsequent correspondence I also indicated that should there be exceptional circumstances I would review applications if, for example, there was strong support from the Police to issue a license then it would be considered.
To confirm, since 1 July, one only application, actually from an existing operator to change address from one location to another, has been approved on this basis.
I hope this clarifies matters, please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.