Its been a little while and I’m curious, did you have any success with MDARD? - I’ve been permitted since May of '14 and have been hunting for Rondom since then (off and on, of course) with zero luck.
I too am a vet and deal with gov on a daily basis at the local level with some success in getting MSP to make changes to their technical systems so if you didn’t manage to get traction and would like to work together… Just let me know!
More than likely the outfit in Kent that had reds was like many others in the area and just flouted regs. That sort of behavior is what leads to big media stories who are the only parties to win in that game.