We have been informed by our roving reporter, that a representative from the RMT has met with the management of the Churchill hotel. The representative explained that the rank in question is authorised by LTPH and as such, Westminster do not have the right to revoke for special or private events.
It was then explained about the high feeling felt by the Taxi trade in losing working ranks. plus a brief description of the action taken at the Hilton recently by a flash mob from the RMT and UCG.
The Management stated they were not in favour of the suspension and would be contacting Martin Lowe personally to remove the signage as soon as possible.
It now appears that Mr Lowe gave his permission for the ranks to be suspended without consulting LTPH first. LTPH say they had no prior knowledge of the suspension. Mr Lowe has been in his job long enough and truly knows the procedure that should have been followed, but clearly has no faith or respect in the licensing authority.
But can you blame him?
Does anyone take the people that run LTPH seriously anymore?
We have without doubt the worst licensing authority in the country where local councils and private hire do what ever they please.
Just the threat of another demo like the one at the Hilton was enough to swing opinion.
Well done also to the RMT who have been working on this project since Tuesday night.
It seems a precedent has been set of giving over our working ranks to commercial events and we can expect to see this happening more frequently in the near future.
If the trade sits back and does nothing...it will get what it deserves.
AND EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS.....
Again, Regent Street will be closed to traffic from Saturday 25 May while round-the-clock repairs are made to a collapsed sewer and a leaking water main.
PLANNED EDL DEMO
On Monday 27th May at 3pm, there is likely to be a march in Whitehall by the EDL. A proportionate policing plan is in place. please be vigilant.