Funky Mojoe has been granted permission to open late until final High Court decision on January 29

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Nightclub wins High Court decision for late licence Nightclub wins High Court decision for late licence

A controversial nightclub which had its opening hours cut due to crime and anti-social behaviour can remain open late after winning the first stage of a legal challenge.

Funky Mojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, had its licence limited earlier this year after a council committee was shown CCTV footage of violence and disruption outside the venue, which is next door to residential flats with many elderly residents.

That decision was upheld by a district judge on appeal, but the club has successfully applied to the High Court for a judicial review and has been granted an injunction to remain open late at weekends until January 29.

Redbridge Council said it strongly opposed the move and vowed to continue to “vigorously’ resist the legal challenge.

Club licensee Kerry O’Reilly said she was still waiting for confirmation on the exact terms of the injunction.

She added: “"This is not the end but, at the end of the day, it is a late night bar and there are young people living in the area that want go out and have a good time."

A council spokeswoman said: "This application was strongly opposed by the council and we are very disappointed with the outcome and know that it will be very disheartening news for local residents.

"The council is currently considering the decision and the merits of an appeal.  In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the location and the venue closely and work with the venue’s management to ensure they continue to comply with their licence conditions."

Funky Mojoe will now be able to stay open until 1.30am on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, as well as each Friday and Saturday until January 29.

The club was earlier this month granted special late licences for events tomorrow and Saturday.

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11:12am Thu 19 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

Amazing, a rash decision by an aloof Judge, from probably some sleepy hollow in Suffolk who has made a miserable Christmas to some elderly resident next door to this club and other neighbouring property occupants.

Seems like this place is the Phoenix of all Licensed Premises and that money talks.

I have no doubt that it will kick off over the festive period if this injunction is permitted.

Hope there are a few police on duty.
Amazing, a rash decision by an aloof Judge, from probably some sleepy hollow in Suffolk who has made a miserable Christmas to some elderly resident next door to this club and other neighbouring property occupants. Seems like this place is the Phoenix of all Licensed Premises and that money talks. I have no doubt that it will kick off over the festive period if this injunction is permitted. Hope there are a few police on duty. Billy Yerache

11:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

MorrisHickey says...

Bizarre - an utterly reckless decision.
Bizarre - an utterly reckless decision. MorrisHickey

11:53am Thu 19 Dec 13

ruby newbie says...

"at the end of the day" billy yerache you are probably right
"at the end of the day" billy yerache you are probably right ruby newbie

12:13pm Thu 19 Dec 13

T. Watts says...

It's a common tactic by errant businesse like this - keep appealing until the council's legal department (which is always budget strapped) has to throw in the towel because of lack of funds.
It's a common tactic by errant businesse like this - keep appealing until the council's legal department (which is always budget strapped) has to throw in the towel because of lack of funds. T. Watts

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