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It would appear that the proposal to extend the scheme has been rejected, please see this news story just published https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shock-government-suddenly-scraps-scheme-17554888
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The current scheme is in force so I would say you are required to have a licence between now and March when it expires. You may consult with the council again as to what they think as they may change their mind given the refusal to extend the scheme for another 5 years.
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