Funky Mojoe in South Woodford loses landmark appeal against cut to opening hours

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Funky Mojoe has lost a landmark appeal against the decision to cut its opening hours Funky Mojoe has lost a landmark appeal against the decision to cut its opening hours

A landmark High Court ruling upholding a decision to cut the opening hours of a controversial nightclub could spell the end of the business, it is claimed.

Funky Mojoe in High Road, South Woodford, found out today it would have to abide by a council decision to restrict opening to normal pub hours and pay costs legal costs of £130,000.

The venue will not be allowed to appeal the decision. 

It comes after councillors were shown CCTV evidence of serious disturbances outside the venue and neighbours, many of whom are elderly, regularly complained of noise. 

Cllr Richard Hoskins said: "We have won on every point. The delayed announcement of the court's judgement made it clear every attempt by Mojoe's to discredit the council’s procedure has failed. 

"It is a measure of the court's decision that not only did they throw out the arguments of Mojoe's lawyers, but they also awarded costs against Mojoe's and refused them the right of appeal.

"This decision means residents have now seen three judicial decisions go against Mojoe's and costs awarded against them twice."

It is the first time a nightclub licensing issue has been taken to the High Court for review.

The club will now have to close its doors at 11.30pm at weekends, and 11pm during the week.

Cllr Hoskins continued: "Even Mojoe's, with its bottomless pocket of cash, must be thinking 'is it worth going on'?

"When we started this campaign with residents four years ago we all committed ourselves to the long fight.

"All their hours of misery and patience has paid off. Mojoes has lost. Hopefully they will now quietly fold their tents and move away.”

Iain Duncan Smith has supported residents' calls for action over the nightclub.

He said: “I was very pleased to hear that Funky Mojo’s has lost its appeal against the decision to limit its hours.

"This nightclub has been a real nuisance for residents and something had to be done." 

This morning, club licensee Kerry O’Reilly tweeted her thanks to over 900 followers for their support before the decision was announced. 

She tweeted: "Thank you for all the messages, a lot have made me cry and realise what lovely people Funky Mojoe has supporting us."

After the decision was announced, she tweeted: "Don't think it has sunk in yet."

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1:51pm Tue 18 Feb 14

KatieHPhoto says...

VICTORY!!!
VICTORY!!! KatieHPhoto

2:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Common sense - but like a bad penny keeps turning up - am sure a new venue of choice will be found
Common sense - but like a bad penny keeps turning up - am sure a new venue of choice will be found Proud of Woodford Green

2:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

spcdust says...

This is clearly the correct and logical decision, the type of venue and late night licence of Funky Mojoe was always totally at odds with its location. Redbridge Council must accept some culpability in granting a late licence to the venue in the first instance.

By all means have venues such as Funky Mojoes, no one can begrudge people wanting to go out and have a good time, but locate them in areas more suitable that are not close to residential locales and definitely not right next door to sheltered accommodation - I hope these particular residents can sleep sounder with this welcome news.
This is clearly the correct and logical decision, the type of venue and late night licence of Funky Mojoe was always totally at odds with its location. Redbridge Council must accept some culpability in granting a late licence to the venue in the first instance. By all means have venues such as Funky Mojoes, no one can begrudge people wanting to go out and have a good time, but locate them in areas more suitable that are not close to residential locales and definitely not right next door to sheltered accommodation - I hope these particular residents can sleep sounder with this welcome news. spcdust

3:23pm Tue 18 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

spcdust wrote:
This is clearly the correct and logical decision, the type of venue and late night licence of Funky Mojoe was always totally at odds with its location. Redbridge Council must accept some culpability in granting a late licence to the venue in the first instance.

By all means have venues such as Funky Mojoes, no one can begrudge people wanting to go out and have a good time, but locate them in areas more suitable that are not close to residential locales and definitely not right next door to sheltered accommodation - I hope these particular residents can sleep sounder with this welcome news.
Would be ideal in central Ilford. The place has the borough's only 24-hour police station and is already a slum.
[quote][p][bold]spcdust[/bold] wrote: This is clearly the correct and logical decision, the type of venue and late night licence of Funky Mojoe was always totally at odds with its location. Redbridge Council must accept some culpability in granting a late licence to the venue in the first instance. By all means have venues such as Funky Mojoes, no one can begrudge people wanting to go out and have a good time, but locate them in areas more suitable that are not close to residential locales and definitely not right next door to sheltered accommodation - I hope these particular residents can sleep sounder with this welcome news.[/p][/quote]Would be ideal in central Ilford. The place has the borough's only 24-hour police station and is already a slum. MorrisHickey

4:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

fjl says...

Fantastic news!
Fantastic news! fjl

5:12pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

KatieHPhoto wrote:
VICTORY!!!
Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid.
[quote][p][bold]KatieHPhoto[/bold] wrote: VICTORY!!![/p][/quote]Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid. Villagecranberry

9:12pm Tue 18 Feb 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
KatieHPhoto wrote:
VICTORY!!!
Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid.
unlike you and your usual 2 bobs worth of dross
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KatieHPhoto[/bold] wrote: VICTORY!!![/p][/quote]Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid.[/p][/quote]unlike you and your usual 2 bobs worth of dross jackblack007

9:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

The place could be a decent restaurant.
An American style diner would probably suit the venue.


It won't last much longer as a Nightclub.
The place could be a decent restaurant. An American style diner would probably suit the venue. It won't last much longer as a Nightclub. Concerned_Citizen

11:05pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
KatieHPhoto wrote:
VICTORY!!!
Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid.
unlike you and your usual 2 bobs worth of dross
My '2 Bobs worth of dross' as you call it has more substance than your own offering. Why is it dross then?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KatieHPhoto[/bold] wrote: VICTORY!!![/p][/quote]Not a victory, don't count chickens before they hatch. If they as they are probably do trade under a limited company they will fold everything and never pay a penny in costs or to any creditors. They are not stupid.[/p][/quote]unlike you and your usual 2 bobs worth of dross[/p][/quote]My '2 Bobs worth of dross' as you call it has more substance than your own offering. Why is it dross then? Villagecranberry

10:40am Wed 19 Feb 14

tjm01 says...

Well done to all those who's time and effort has brought this totally unacceptable situation to an end
Well done to all those who's time and effort has brought this totally unacceptable situation to an end tjm01

12:42pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Steve South Woodford Resident says...

Thanks and gratitude to all those local people and councillors who stuck to this task for several years. The licensing Lawyer for FM certainly earned his money in managing to delay the loss of late hours but has, along with the bar operators, managed to disrupt the lives of the elderly residents next door for far too long. The twitter feeds from Mojoe and its manager seem to reflect some sort of injustice around this which just goes to show how they were happy to use the points of law where it suited them irrespective of the misery caused. Interestingly they were using #justiceformojoes as a twitter tag and that is exactly what they got!
Thanks and gratitude to all those local people and councillors who stuck to this task for several years. The licensing Lawyer for FM certainly earned his money in managing to delay the loss of late hours but has, along with the bar operators, managed to disrupt the lives of the elderly residents next door for far too long. The twitter feeds from Mojoe and its manager seem to reflect some sort of injustice around this which just goes to show how they were happy to use the points of law where it suited them irrespective of the misery caused. Interestingly they were using #justiceformojoes as a twitter tag and that is exactly what they got! Steve South Woodford Resident

1:52pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

It is my guess, The management will not pay a penny of these legal costs and the Taxpayer will lose as they will have to be absorbed through the public purse. Watch this space.
It is my guess, The management will not pay a penny of these legal costs and the Taxpayer will lose as they will have to be absorbed through the public purse. Watch this space. Villagecranberry

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