Seasons restaurant in Woodford Green has been refused permission to open an hour later at weekends

Iain Duncan Smith said he was pleased with the decision to reject the late license application

Iain Duncan Smith said he was pleased with the decision to reject the late license application

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One of the top rated bars in Woodford Green has been denied permission to open for an extra two hours at weekends as authorities tried to avoid a “Funky Mojoe situation”.

The owners of Seasons Bar in Broadway, Woodford Green, formerly known as The Vault, were told that they would not be allowed to extend the sale of alcohol for one hour each on Friday and Saturday evenings.

An extra hour each evening would have seen the bar, which is rated at number three of 36 in Woodford Green on the TripAdvisor website, serving until 1.30am.

However the licensing committee for Redbridge Council decided on Tuesday that although the establishment is well thought of, they would not risk the problems which palgued the Funky Mojoe nighclub in High Street, South Woodford.

The club has been locked in a long-running legal battle with the council after its opening hours were cut due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Linda Huggett said extended drinking hours are not welcomed in Wanstead and Woodford.

She added: “The area did not support this so it is an important decision.

“We have been through the mill on this and we are very happy with the result.

“Vault is well run and we have not had any problems, but problems could have occurred in the future and we did not want another Funky Mojoe situation.”

Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Woodford Green also supported the decision.

He said: “I was very pleased to hear that the Vault/Seasons Bar has been refused a later licence. I think this sends a clear message from the Council that Woodford is a residential area and not one suited to a night-time economy.

“I have been working closely with residents to prevent this bar from turning into a nightclub and I think we have achieved a positive result here. I will continue to keep an eye on the situation.”

Funky Mojoe is currently appealing a landmark High Court ruling which rejected its application for a judicial review.

Seasons Bar, which changed its name at the end of last year, has been asked to comment.

 

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2:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Great, this has gone from a champagne basement wine bar and charity shop above into a practically new pub and bar and it would have been a kick in the teeth to the objectors had they lost. There are enough pubs and bars in the area and easy to jump on the tube to other areas to get a drink. Well done IDS, you are the quiet man, but can speak when needed.
Great, this has gone from a champagne basement wine bar and charity shop above into a practically new pub and bar and it would have been a kick in the teeth to the objectors had they lost. There are enough pubs and bars in the area and easy to jump on the tube to other areas to get a drink. Well done IDS, you are the quiet man, but can speak when needed. Villagecranberry
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4:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

VC I have in the past given you thumbs up or down dependent on the content of your posts. However it is apparent that there are persons about here who give you thumbs down even though you are capable of making good succinct points. Your comment here is a classic example unless they are from people of the night.
VC I have in the past given you thumbs up or down dependent on the content of your posts. However it is apparent that there are persons about here who give you thumbs down even though you are capable of making good succinct points. Your comment here is a classic example unless they are from people of the night. TTMAN
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4:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

TTMAN wrote:
VC I have in the past given you thumbs up or down dependent on the content of your posts. However it is apparent that there are persons about here who give you thumbs down even though you are capable of making good succinct points. Your comment here is a classic example unless they are from people of the night.
Some people are in denial and cannot stand to be confronted with reality unfortunately.

They view their surrounding wearing Cranberry tinted spectacles.

As regards this news item, this 'wine bar' has adopted the same 'slowly, slowly, catch the monkey' tactics that once their goals have been achieved are so well established that they cause disruption to those in the surrounding vicinity of vast proportions, encourage anti-social behaviour, traffic congestion, beeping of horns, urinations, litter, fighting, depressing security guards on the door.

This type of establishment then encourages the kebab shops and greasy old cheap chicken shops to open nearby to supply over-drunken binge drinkers to further remain in the area eating this stinking food the receptacles of which will be found blowing in the wind or lodged in neighbours rose bushes for years to come.

All this on the edge of the prestigious Monkhams Estate, part of Churchill's constituency who would be spinning in his grave at the thought of it. Not too pleasing if they had got their extension, for the buyers of properties nearby.
[quote][p][bold]TTMAN[/bold] wrote: VC I have in the past given you thumbs up or down dependent on the content of your posts. However it is apparent that there are persons about here who give you thumbs down even though you are capable of making good succinct points. Your comment here is a classic example unless they are from people of the night.[/p][/quote]Some people are in denial and cannot stand to be confronted with reality unfortunately. They view their surrounding wearing Cranberry tinted spectacles. As regards this news item, this 'wine bar' has adopted the same 'slowly, slowly, catch the monkey' tactics that once their goals have been achieved are so well established that they cause disruption to those in the surrounding vicinity of vast proportions, encourage anti-social behaviour, traffic congestion, beeping of horns, urinations, litter, fighting, depressing security guards on the door. This type of establishment then encourages the kebab shops and greasy old cheap chicken shops to open nearby to supply over-drunken binge drinkers to further remain in the area eating this stinking food the receptacles of which will be found blowing in the wind or lodged in neighbours rose bushes for years to come. All this on the edge of the prestigious Monkhams Estate, part of Churchill's constituency who would be spinning in his grave at the thought of it. Not too pleasing if they had got their extension, for the buyers of properties nearby. Villagecranberry
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2:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Residents received positive support from IDS, and local councillors, one of whom had previously spoken in support of the bar.

The whole Licensing Act is a shmables capable of abuse by even the dimmest of bar operators.
Residents received positive support from IDS, and local councillors, one of whom had previously spoken in support of the bar. The whole Licensing Act is a shmables capable of abuse by even the dimmest of bar operators. Proud of Woodford Green
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2:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

"......capable of abuse by even the dimmest of bar operators".

Like Mucky Fojoes.
"......capable of abuse by even the dimmest of bar operators". Like Mucky Fojoes. MorrisHickey
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