Nightclub granted permission to open late over Christmas period

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Funky Mojoes is advertising a late licence Funky Mojoes is advertising a late licence

A controversial nightclub is advertising on social media that it has a temporary late licence despite its opening hours being restricted.

Funky Mojoes in High Road, Woodford Green, is selling tickets and promoting on Twitter that it has later opening hours in December.

The Essex nightclub put in a temporary event notice to open late on December 20 and 21 two weeks ago. The notice was granted by Redbridge Council's Licesning Committee on Tuesday.

On December 20 and 21, the club will open until 1.30pm, two hours later than its current closing time of 11.30pm.

On Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, the club will stay open until 12.30pm and 3am on New Years Eve.

The nightclub is currently seeking a judicial review after a district judge upheld Redbridge Council's decision to reduce the club's opening times.

Any premises that has permission to sell alcohol can apply for up to 50 temporary event notices a year.

The council can refuse a notice if the police or the environmental health department object to it, and if the council thinks the event could lead to crime and disorder, cause a public nuisance, be a threat to public safety and/or put children at risk of harm.

Opening times at Funky Mojoe were reduced earlier this year after what was described as overwhelming evidence that it had become “a magnet” for serious trouble.

The nightclub was allowed to remain open late on weekends and past midnight on weekdays pending the outcome of the appeal decision.

The High Court decision on the judicial review is expected later this month.

The Guardian has requested a comment from Redbridge Council about the temporary late licence.  

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4:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

TTMAN says...

Brown paper bags methinks
Brown paper bags methinks TTMAN

11:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

The police and council must clamp all flagrant breaches of the authoritarian crooks who flout the lawyers who walk out spluttering in the courts of the land.

They are not people and should justify their wealth?
The police and council must clamp all flagrant breaches of the authoritarian crooks who flout the lawyers who walk out spluttering in the courts of the land. They are not people and should justify their wealth? Billy Yerache

10:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

The weak willed council have once again closed their ears to public concern and granted a licence to an establishment that from day one has been nothing but trouble for their neighbours many of whom are in retirement accommodation next door, putting up with the urinations and number twos also, vomitings, fightings, reckless drivings, security cards with cones and at times pit bull terrors parading outside to the astonishment of passers by.

Whoever granted them this extension should have his head rolled.
The weak willed council have once again closed their ears to public concern and granted a licence to an establishment that from day one has been nothing but trouble for their neighbours many of whom are in retirement accommodation next door, putting up with the urinations and number twos also, vomitings, fightings, reckless drivings, security cards with cones and at times pit bull terrors parading outside to the astonishment of passers by. Whoever granted them this extension should have his head rolled. Billy Yerache

6:51pm Sat 7 Dec 13

It's good to talk says...

No night club should be positioned next door to retired residential accommodation.
No night club should be positioned next door to retired residential accommodation. It's good to talk

2:06pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

It's good to talk wrote:
No night club should be positioned next door to retired residential accommodation.
My cousin who lives near there said it kicked off again in there last night!
[quote][p][bold]It's good to talk[/bold] wrote: No night club should be positioned next door to retired residential accommodation.[/p][/quote]My cousin who lives near there said it kicked off again in there last night! Billy Yerache

12:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Proud of Woodford Green says...

You have to wonder at the sanity of this decision - you either restrict hours due to risk of further incidents, or you are turning a blind eye to the undoubted misery that these events will bring about.

The licensing team at Redbridge are frankly are a weak willed joke - lead by a spineless buffoon
You have to wonder at the sanity of this decision - you either restrict hours due to risk of further incidents, or you are turning a blind eye to the undoubted misery that these events will bring about. The licensing team at Redbridge are frankly are a weak willed joke - lead by a spineless buffoon Proud of Woodford Green

1:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

E18 resident says...

The operators applied for late night temporary events notices for every weekend in December and only two were permitted by Licensing. The Funkymojoe twitter feed does not give hours of operation where these are less than 3am but says open late. This could be construed as a deliberate attempt to suck in the punters who think that things are back to the previous hours of operation by not telling them the closing time. The PR team are also claiming that 'Mojoes is back late after a little time out'. They are not saying that only 275 (half the bar's capacity) will be allowed in. Let's hope the judicial review backs up the rejection of the recent court appeal and forces the owners to pay up the £72k legal costs awarded against them.
The operators applied for late night temporary events notices for every weekend in December and only two were permitted by Licensing. The Funkymojoe twitter feed does not give hours of operation where these are less than 3am but says open late. This could be construed as a deliberate attempt to suck in the punters who think that things are back to the previous hours of operation by not telling them the closing time. The PR team are also claiming that 'Mojoes is back late after a little time out'. They are not saying that only 275 (half the bar's capacity) will be allowed in. Let's hope the judicial review backs up the rejection of the recent court appeal and forces the owners to pay up the £72k legal costs awarded against them. E18 resident

4:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

E18 resident wrote:
The operators applied for late night temporary events notices for every weekend in December and only two were permitted by Licensing. The Funkymojoe twitter feed does not give hours of operation where these are less than 3am but says open late. This could be construed as a deliberate attempt to suck in the punters who think that things are back to the previous hours of operation by not telling them the closing time. The PR team are also claiming that 'Mojoes is back late after a little time out'. They are not saying that only 275 (half the bar's capacity) will be allowed in. Let's hope the judicial review backs up the rejection of the recent court appeal and forces the owners to pay up the £72k legal costs awarded against them.
My cousin who lives nearby says that the new detached place that has sprung up opposite is going to be the replacement venue and is already causing problems.
[quote][p][bold]E18 resident[/bold] wrote: The operators applied for late night temporary events notices for every weekend in December and only two were permitted by Licensing. The Funkymojoe twitter feed does not give hours of operation where these are less than 3am but says open late. This could be construed as a deliberate attempt to suck in the punters who think that things are back to the previous hours of operation by not telling them the closing time. The PR team are also claiming that 'Mojoes is back late after a little time out'. They are not saying that only 275 (half the bar's capacity) will be allowed in. Let's hope the judicial review backs up the rejection of the recent court appeal and forces the owners to pay up the £72k legal costs awarded against them.[/p][/quote]My cousin who lives nearby says that the new detached place that has sprung up opposite is going to be the replacement venue and is already causing problems. Billy Yerache

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