Announcement expected on Funky Mojoe future

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Funky Mojoe are making an announcement on the venue's future tomorrow Funky Mojoe are making an announcement on the venue's future tomorrow

A controversial nightclub which failed in a landmark challenge to a cut in its opening hours is expected to make an announcement about its future today.

Funky Mojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, launched a High Court bid to overturn a decision to limit its opening times to normal pub hours following crime and anti-social behaviour.

The High Court upheld the decision and ordered Funky Mojoe to pay the council’s legal costs of £127,000, while denying the club the right to appeal.

It is the first time the court has ruled on a nightclub's license.

However, it has emerged the club can appeal against an initial Magistrates Court ruling to uphold the council’s decision to cut trading times.

Funky Mojoe management have so far declined to comment, but the venue remained closed at the weekend.

Yesterday licensee Kerry O’Reilly tweeted: “Great meeting today more news will be announced on Thursday can't wait to tell you all.

“Thank you for your support see you all soon.”

Banners still remain outside the venue and on the club’s website stating it has a late license until 1.30am.

Cllr Richard Hoskins believes the club is unlikely to win any further legal challenge.

He said: “If they do appeal again they are going to have to have to argue against all the evidence which was thrown against them.

“I don’t know what they are planning to do. They have got a big decision to make now.

“They have already spent around half a million on this so it’s up to them if they want to spend more.”

After the result was announced last week, Miss O’Reilly tweeted regarding a meeting she was due to have with a licensing solicitor.

Opening hours were reduced earlier this year after the council's licensing committee was shown evidence that the venue had become “a magnet” for serious trouble.

CCTV footage at the hearing showed a series of violent assaults outside the venue.

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9:01am Thu 27 Feb 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

Ignoring all the political issues aside, purely as a business decision they should cut their losses and sell up.

It's actually a nice building. It could be a really nice restaurant or something similar.

I would love to see an American style diner in the area.
Ignoring all the political issues aside, purely as a business decision they should cut their losses and sell up. It's actually a nice building. It could be a really nice restaurant or something similar. I would love to see an American style diner in the area. Concerned_Citizen
  • Score: -1

10:37am Thu 27 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Maybe they will resort to plan A which was to make into a champagne and posh eatery when they invited all the residents in there along with Councillors years ago, pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.
Maybe they will resort to plan A which was to make into a champagne and posh eatery when they invited all the residents in there along with Councillors years ago, pulling the wool over everyone's eyes. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

10:44am Thu 27 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

The announcement will probably be that the company running the operation there has folded and will not be paying any costs awarded to the council.
The announcement will probably be that the company running the operation there has folded and will not be paying any costs awarded to the council. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

11:10am Thu 27 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Like a bad smell that just won't go away, the Funky Mojoe nightmare continues.

The lies used to achieve the licensing in the first place seem to have been long forgotten - the licensing laws are a shambles and need a complete rethink.

The approach of promising a high class bar and ending up with a low class nightclub frequented by a bunch of wannabes and hangers on, intent only on their own ejoyment with no consideration for the social impact as they head off into the night is tried and tested.

I hope for the local's sake that the misery really does come to an end, soon!
Like a bad smell that just won't go away, the Funky Mojoe nightmare continues. The lies used to achieve the licensing in the first place seem to have been long forgotten - the licensing laws are a shambles and need a complete rethink. The approach of promising a high class bar and ending up with a low class nightclub frequented by a bunch of wannabes and hangers on, intent only on their own ejoyment with no consideration for the social impact as they head off into the night is tried and tested. I hope for the local's sake that the misery really does come to an end, soon! Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 4

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