Winding up order against Funky Mojoe in South Woodford described as 'a victory for residents'

In February. L-R, Cllr Paul Canal, Cllr Tom McLaren, former councillors Ruth Clark, Vanessa Cole, Nicola Sinclair and Richard Hoskins, and Cllr Ian Bond outside Funky Mojoe in South Woodford.

In February. L-R, Cllr Paul Canal, Cllr Tom McLaren, former councillors Ruth Clark, Vanessa Cole, Nicola Sinclair and Richard Hoskins, and Cllr Ian Bond outside Funky Mojoe in South Woodford.

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The winding up order against the company behind a controversial nightclub has been described as a “victory for residents.”

The decision at the High Court on Monday means Redbridge council will now attempt to retrieve the £127,000 cost of a long-running legal battle with the company behind Funky Mojoe, listed as D & D Bar Services.

The bar in High Road, South Woodford, was closed due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

The company's challenge to the decision ended up in the High Court earlier this year but was unsuccessful, with costs awarded to the council.

Those involved in the campaign against the nightclub spoke of their relief yesterday.

Former Liberal Democrat councillor Richard Hoskins said: “It was a long and hard battle and they tried every legal option in the book.

“They thought they had the muscle and the money to beat the council but in the end it is a victory for residents.

“It was an awful saga for residents for four years and I hope this news is the end of the matter, I certainly won’t shed a tear over it.”

Conservative group leader Cllr Paul Canal said: “The actions of the company were appalling in dragging the saga out this long.

“It is an outrage because the owners could have finished this ages ago but instead it has taken up the council’s time and money.

“I am happy it is finally over but it leaves a bitter taste.”

Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Bond said: “In view of the financial risk that the company took, the news is not a surprise.

 “It was never the council’s intention to put them out of business but we always hoped they wouldn’t keep pursuing the lost cause.

“Hopefully this news draws a line under the whole affair.”

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7:23am Wed 6 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

A shallow victory more like.

The owners behind the venture ran rings around the council and residence from day one.

The chances of retrieving the costs involved are extremely low and the council know it.

Shame they cannot sue the flash lawyer who stormed out of the court at one of the ill fated hearings.
A shallow victory more like. The owners behind the venture ran rings around the council and residence from day one. The chances of retrieving the costs involved are extremely low and the council know it. Shame they cannot sue the flash lawyer who stormed out of the court at one of the ill fated hearings. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

7:33am Wed 6 Aug 14

MorrisHickey says...

Can the costs not be recovered from those councillors (including former councillors) who were members of the licensing committees that granted all the favourable licence conditions? Or from council officers who connived in letting it happen?
Can the costs not be recovered from those councillors (including former councillors) who were members of the licensing committees that granted all the favourable licence conditions? Or from council officers who connived in letting it happen? MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

8:20am Wed 6 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Can the costs not be recovered from those councillors (including former councillors) who were members of the licensing committees that granted all the favourable licence conditions? Or from council officers who connived in letting it happen?
Yes, and perhaps all those who went to the Funky Mojo open day where casts amounts of free alcohol and nibbles were consumed as the owners gleefully explained how the 'Champagne Bar ' would operate.
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: Can the costs not be recovered from those councillors (including former councillors) who were members of the licensing committees that granted all the favourable licence conditions? Or from council officers who connived in letting it happen?[/p][/quote]Yes, and perhaps all those who went to the Funky Mojo open day where casts amounts of free alcohol and nibbles were consumed as the owners gleefully explained how the 'Champagne Bar ' would operate. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

9:02am Wed 6 Aug 14

T. Watts says...

Too late guys. Those brown envelopes were incinerated in the council's central heating furnace a long time ago...
Too late guys. Those brown envelopes were incinerated in the council's central heating furnace a long time ago... T. Watts
  • Score: 5

9:16am Wed 6 Aug 14

tjm01 says...

A well deserved victory, congratulations to all who worked so hard to bring a successful conclusion, peace and quite at last
A well deserved victory, congratulations to all who worked so hard to bring a successful conclusion, peace and quite at last tjm01
  • Score: 10

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