Councillor Chris Cummins hits out at plans to extend Manor House restaurant hours

Owner Antony Mark Foster wants to extend the licence at The Manor House in High Street, Wanstead, from 11pm to 1.15am on Friday and Saturday nights

Owner Antony Mark Foster wants to extend the licence at The Manor House in High Street, Wanstead, from 11pm to 1.15am on Friday and Saturday nights

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A councillor has hit out at plans for a restaurant to extend its opening hours.

Owner Antony Mark Foster wants to extend the licence at The Manor House in High Street, Wanstead, from 11pm to 1.15am on Friday and Saturday nights.

If granted, the venue will be able to sell alcohol until 12.30am and play recorded music until 11.30pm.

Conservative Cllr Chris Cummins, speaking on behalf of the Snaresbrook ward Conservative councillors, said the extended hours would disturb residents in nearby Manor House Gardens.

He said: “There is a concern that people will leave the premises late at night and cause a real disturbance for residents of nearby flats.

“1.15am is too late and we would want to cut this back to about 11.30pm. I don’t see any reason to extend into the early hours of the morning.

“I understand there is not an intention for it to be a nightclub like Funky Mojoes in South Woodford.

“But we need to establish whether they mean background music at the meeting next week.”

Redbridge council's licensing sub-committee will decide on the application on Tuesday.

The 17th century Grade II listed building previously housed a Conservative club and the Allied Irish Bank.

The Guardian is contacting Mr Foster for a comment.
 

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10:18am Fri 30 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Bearing in mind the Trojan Horse tactics used by those behind Mojos whereby it was going to be a 'champagne bar' and the subsequent ordeal to get the place shut down I would have thought that it would be obvious not to let this situation occur again.

The place is not even open yet and they are asking for extensions and music licences.

Surely it would be prudent to see how it is run for say six months and then consider any application after that time?

Like the report says , there are people living nearby and it could prove a disaster for them if this is granted now.
Bearing in mind the Trojan Horse tactics used by those behind Mojos whereby it was going to be a 'champagne bar' and the subsequent ordeal to get the place shut down I would have thought that it would be obvious not to let this situation occur again. The place is not even open yet and they are asking for extensions and music licences. Surely it would be prudent to see how it is run for say six months and then consider any application after that time? Like the report says , there are people living nearby and it could prove a disaster for them if this is granted now. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 9

4:13pm Fri 30 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Quote from Mark Foster:

“There’s no loud music, no underage drinking, it’s a gastro pub. The late licence is just for busy people who don’t want to be rushed out at 11pm. It avoids people all leaving at once which can cause problems."

Yes but that is what the shower said about the horrible Mojos!
Quote from Mark Foster: “There’s no loud music, no underage drinking, it’s a gastro pub. The late licence is just for busy people who don’t want to be rushed out at 11pm. It avoids people all leaving at once which can cause problems." Yes but that is what the shower said about the horrible Mojos! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

9:16am Sat 31 May 14

spcdust says...

Unusually I completely agree with Villagecranberry on this one, let's see how it is run for the first 6 - 8 months then consider wether a licence extension is appropriate. What ever, Redbridge should ensure more stringent conditions are placed on any licence to ensure there is no repeat of the Funky Mojoes debacle.
Unusually I completely agree with Villagecranberry on this one, let's see how it is run for the first 6 - 8 months then consider wether a licence extension is appropriate. What ever, Redbridge should ensure more stringent conditions are placed on any licence to ensure there is no repeat of the Funky Mojoes debacle. spcdust
  • Score: 0

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