Funky Mojoe in South Woodford applies to the Court of Appeal

Funky Mojoe has lodged an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal

Funky Mojoe has lodged an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal

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Controversial nightclub Funky Mojoe is to challenge a landmark High Court ruling which restricted its opening hours.

Owners of the venue in High Road, South Woodford, today confirmed an application has been lodged with the Court of Appeal.

Last month, Funky Mojoe lost a High Court challenge to overturn a decision by Redbridge Council to cut its opening hours due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

It was the first time the High Court had ruled on a nightclub’s opening hours.

The nightclub did not request a right to appeal during the hearing, so one was not granted. But owners have decided to continue their expensive legal challenge after failing to get a judicial review.

The High Court has ordered the nightclub to pay the council’s legal costs of £127,000.

Ian Bond, deputy leader of Redbridge Council, said: “We found out this morning that Funky Mojoe had applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the High Court's decision.

“This has come as a surprise and we are really disappointed. This is a last throw of the dice by them and the council will be opposing any appeal if the application is accepted.”

Kerry O’Riley, Director of Funky Mojoe, confirmed they had lodged an application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

She said: “The situation is very upsetting. It is important to keep 52 people in their jobs, and that is what we are fighting this for. The area needs this venue and it helps other local businesses to grow.”

The Guardian has asked Funky Mojoe’s legal representatives for clarification on what grounds they are appealing on.

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1:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

answer= says...

Early hours of last sunday morning,
cars parked everywhere outside
people singing
bells ringing
so if were going to close funky mojo,s we better close St Marys Church
at the same time
Early hours of last sunday morning, cars parked everywhere outside people singing bells ringing so if were going to close funky mojo,s we better close St Marys Church at the same time answer=
  • Score: -17

1:48pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

52 people out of a job? Hundreds suffering miserably nearby, numerous victims of crime and a premises run by a contemptuous operation.
52 people out of a job? Hundreds suffering miserably nearby, numerous victims of crime and a premises run by a contemptuous operation. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 14

2:07pm Thu 13 Mar 14

T. Watts says...

answer= wrote:
Early hours of last sunday morning,
cars parked everywhere outside
people singing
bells ringing
so if were going to close funky mojo,s we better close St Marys Church
at the same time
Yeah, that's right. All those vicars spilling out into the street, trying to fight eachother, rowdy hymn singing, drunken choir boys throwing up the communion wine, women parishoners shouting 'Leave it, Arch Deacon, he's not worth it'...
[quote][p][bold]answer=[/bold] wrote: Early hours of last sunday morning, cars parked everywhere outside people singing bells ringing so if were going to close funky mojo,s we better close St Marys Church at the same time[/p][/quote]Yeah, that's right. All those vicars spilling out into the street, trying to fight eachother, rowdy hymn singing, drunken choir boys throwing up the communion wine, women parishoners shouting 'Leave it, Arch Deacon, he's not worth it'... T. Watts
  • Score: 17

2:37pm Thu 13 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.
More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 14

5:14pm Thu 13 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

No comment.
No comment. TTMAN
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Paul Skinner says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
52 people out of a job? Hundreds suffering miserably nearby, numerous victims of crime and a premises run by a contemptuous operation.
52 people out of a part-time job at that.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: 52 people out of a job? Hundreds suffering miserably nearby, numerous victims of crime and a premises run by a contemptuous operation.[/p][/quote]52 people out of a part-time job at that. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 6

7:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

Probably includes her legal team, Compo & Co.
Probably includes her legal team, Compo & Co. TTMAN
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.
Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down.
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.[/p][/quote]Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

11:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Frank Leigh says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.
Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down.
Very probably, as they have no shame and no conscience about the misery they have heaped on local people. Much like many of their customers. I hope the Court of Appeal treats their latest 'legal step' with the contempt it (and the bar owners) deserve.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.[/p][/quote]Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down.[/p][/quote]Very probably, as they have no shame and no conscience about the misery they have heaped on local people. Much like many of their customers. I hope the Court of Appeal treats their latest 'legal step' with the contempt it (and the bar owners) deserve. Frank Leigh
  • Score: 8

11:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Frank Leigh says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
MorrisHickey wrote:
More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.
Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down.
Very probably, as they have no shame and no conscience about the misery they have heaped on local people. Much like many of their customers. I hope the Court of Appeal treats their latest 'legal step' with the contempt it (and the bar owners) deserve.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: More money than sense. The sooner they're bankrupt the better for the local community.[/p][/quote]Yes, they will go bankrupt to avoid paying the costs bill of the council so have nothing to lose if the are shut down.[/p][/quote]Very probably, as they have no shame and no conscience about the misery they have heaped on local people. Much like many of their customers. I hope the Court of Appeal treats their latest 'legal step' with the contempt it (and the bar owners) deserve. Frank Leigh
  • Score: 4

6:33pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Stevo98 says...

If 52 people are employed full time by that place I'll eat my hat.
If 52 people are employed full time by that place I'll eat my hat. Stevo98
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

Stevo98 wrote:
If 52 people are employed full time by that place I'll eat my hat.
Pepper and salt?
[quote][p][bold]Stevo98[/bold] wrote: If 52 people are employed full time by that place I'll eat my hat.[/p][/quote]Pepper and salt? MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

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