Residents 'amazed and saddened' at Funky Mojoe closing time

Funky Mojoe has announced it will be opening until 3am next Saturday

Funky Mojoe has announced it will be opening until 3am next Saturday

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Residents and campaigners have reacted with dismay at the news that a controversial nightclub which lost a landmark High Court appeal against a cut to its opening hours will stay open until 3am next week.

Funky Mojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, will trade until 3am on March 8 despite being ordered to stick to normal pub opening hours due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

It is understood the venue has received a temporary events licence.

Cllr Richard Hoskins has supported residents who called for action over the venue.

He said: “I am tearing my hair out at the news. I am amazed and saddened that any licensing committee would do this.”

Jenny Lamb, 34, of Churchfields, South Woodford, said: “I am amazed that it’s opening again – I don’t think any of us were expecting that.

“I thought it was all over. It’s a shame that this is still going on for residents and I don’t see why it has to open even later than before.

“But I do feel sorry for the owners as well – it’s just a shame about the location.”

Last week’s ruling was the first time the High Court has decided on a nightclub’s licence.

As well as losing the appeal, Funky Mojoe was ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £127,000 and denied the right to appeal.

The venue can now appeal the initial Magistrates’ Court ruling, which upheld the council’s decision.

Licensee Kerry O’Reilly made the announcement of the late opening on Twitter yesterday, adding: “whole new concept coming to Funky Mojoe, South Woodford.”The Guardian is awaiting comment from the council.

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1:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Redbridge licensing are a bunch of spineless, wholly incomptent fools - what on earth possesses someone to issue a TEN with the background to the recent court process?

Council leadership has to act - this is a nonsense
Redbridge licensing are a bunch of spineless, wholly incomptent fools - what on earth possesses someone to issue a TEN with the background to the recent court process? Council leadership has to act - this is a nonsense Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 20

2:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

WTF are this licensing committee playing at ? Seriously, who is taking a bung on that committee to keep supplying this place with temporary events licences ?
WTF are this licensing committee playing at ? Seriously, who is taking a bung on that committee to keep supplying this place with temporary events licences ? VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 16

2:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Suggestion from website is that they will open every Saturday on the same basis - what is the point of the Court ruling??

Time for a vote of no confidence in council leadership!
Suggestion from website is that they will open every Saturday on the same basis - what is the point of the Court ruling?? Time for a vote of no confidence in council leadership! Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 14

2:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

spcdust says...

Simple - just ensure that there is a high visibility Police presence all night at the entrance to the club along with a high visible presence of Council enforcement officers. The Police indiscriminately use stop and search techniques elsewhere so why not here - there is a well documented history of trouble at the location so this seems justified? The crowd they attract at Funky Mojoes are mis-guidedly aspirational types, so make the experience of visiting the venue uncomfortable so as the customers ultimately feel it's not worth the hassle. This whole thing is just a rather futile, and frankly embarrassing, exercise on the licence holders part - really sometimes you just have to know when to accept defeat.
Simple - just ensure that there is a high visibility Police presence all night at the entrance to the club along with a high visible presence of Council enforcement officers. The Police indiscriminately use stop and search techniques elsewhere so why not here - there is a well documented history of trouble at the location so this seems justified? The crowd they attract at Funky Mojoes are mis-guidedly aspirational types, so make the experience of visiting the venue uncomfortable so as the customers ultimately feel it's not worth the hassle. This whole thing is just a rather futile, and frankly embarrassing, exercise on the licence holders part - really sometimes you just have to know when to accept defeat. spcdust
  • Score: 11

2:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

spcdust wrote:
Simple - just ensure that there is a high visibility Police presence all night at the entrance to the club along with a high visible presence of Council enforcement officers. The Police indiscriminately use stop and search techniques elsewhere so why not here - there is a well documented history of trouble at the location so this seems justified? The crowd they attract at Funky Mojoes are mis-guidedly aspirational types, so make the experience of visiting the venue uncomfortable so as the customers ultimately feel it's not worth the hassle. This whole thing is just a rather futile, and frankly embarrassing, exercise on the licence holders part - really sometimes you just have to know when to accept defeat.
love the quote "mis-guidedly aspirational"!
[quote][p][bold]spcdust[/bold] wrote: Simple - just ensure that there is a high visibility Police presence all night at the entrance to the club along with a high visible presence of Council enforcement officers. The Police indiscriminately use stop and search techniques elsewhere so why not here - there is a well documented history of trouble at the location so this seems justified? The crowd they attract at Funky Mojoes are mis-guidedly aspirational types, so make the experience of visiting the venue uncomfortable so as the customers ultimately feel it's not worth the hassle. This whole thing is just a rather futile, and frankly embarrassing, exercise on the licence holders part - really sometimes you just have to know when to accept defeat.[/p][/quote]love the quote "mis-guidedly aspirational"! Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Fri 28 Feb 14

answer= says...

Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise.
If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight.
Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then.
Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise. If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight. Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then. answer=
  • Score: -11

4:22pm Fri 28 Feb 14

spcdust says...

The White Hart was a pub - Funk Mojoes is essentially a night club. Two very different things and when it was The White Hart Pub they co-existed quite happily.
The White Hart was a pub - Funk Mojoes is essentially a night club. Two very different things and when it was The White Hart Pub they co-existed quite happily. spcdust
  • Score: 12

4:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

The police have the powers in place to shut this place down if there are breaches such as this bring a bottle gimmick.

Truth is the police have no bottle to do it.
The police have the powers in place to shut this place down if there are breaches such as this bring a bottle gimmick. Truth is the police have no bottle to do it. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

answer= wrote:
Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise.
If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight.
Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then.
Nightclub = queues outside, later operations, longer drinking, rowdier crowd, social nuisance from inconsiderate dispersal

Pub = no queues, limited hours, accept some nusiance from dispersal

And let's not forget the license was granted initally for a high class champagne bar and family restaurant.
[quote][p][bold]answer=[/bold] wrote: Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise. If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight. Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then.[/p][/quote]Nightclub = queues outside, later operations, longer drinking, rowdier crowd, social nuisance from inconsiderate dispersal Pub = no queues, limited hours, accept some nusiance from dispersal And let's not forget the license was granted initally for a high class champagne bar and family restaurant. Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 10

10:50pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TTMAN says...

They think they are clever, I know otherwise. They will not succeed .
They think they are clever, I know otherwise. They will not succeed . TTMAN
  • Score: 4

9:12am Sat 1 Mar 14

snacker says...

Proud of Woodford Green wrote:
answer= wrote:
Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise.
If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight.
Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then.
Nightclub = queues outside, later operations, longer drinking, rowdier crowd, social nuisance from inconsiderate dispersal

Pub = no queues, limited hours, accept some nusiance from dispersal

And let's not forget the license was granted initally for a high class champagne bar and family restaurant.
Ps Nightclub also = a couple of horrendous "glassings" and a shooting.
[quote][p][bold]Proud of Woodford Green[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]answer=[/bold] wrote: Do find it strange why buy a retirement home next to a pub(the white hart) then moan about the noise. If it was still the White Hart it would be opened 7 nights a well till midnight. Rumour has it that it is going to become a Wetherspoons Pub what happens then.[/p][/quote]Nightclub = queues outside, later operations, longer drinking, rowdier crowd, social nuisance from inconsiderate dispersal Pub = no queues, limited hours, accept some nusiance from dispersal And let's not forget the license was granted initally for a high class champagne bar and family restaurant.[/p][/quote]Ps Nightclub also = a couple of horrendous "glassings" and a shooting. snacker
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

answer= says...

Took on board what Snacker said
so called the police when I saw a Q forming there this morning

police told me people waiting at bus stops to go to work are allowed
Took on board what Snacker said so called the police when I saw a Q forming there this morning police told me people waiting at bus stops to go to work are allowed answer=
  • Score: -3

8:23pm Sat 1 Mar 14

snacker says...

answer= wrote:
Took on board what Snacker said
so called the police when I saw a Q forming there this morning

police told me people waiting at bus stops to go to work are allowed
That must've been some queue from the nearest bus stop.

Joking apart there have been some truly awful assaults at FMs. A young lady was scarred for life, and a doorman shot. Simply not the right location, 1800s Dodge City might be a more appropriate placement.
[quote][p][bold]answer=[/bold] wrote: Took on board what Snacker said so called the police when I saw a Q forming there this morning police told me people waiting at bus stops to go to work are allowed[/p][/quote]That must've been some queue from the nearest bus stop. Joking apart there have been some truly awful assaults at FMs. A young lady was scarred for life, and a doorman shot. Simply not the right location, 1800s Dodge City might be a more appropriate placement. snacker
  • Score: 2

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