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Redbridge Council announce licence review of Funky Mojoe in High Road, South Woodford
A South Woodford bar could lose its premises licence after Redbridge council announced a review.
The owners of Funky Mojoe in High Road, South Woodford, were notified of the decision today less than a week after a mass brawl erupted outside the controversial bar.
Reacting to the news, Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, said: “This is excellent and very welcome news.
“I will be speaking to Keith Prince, the Leader of Redbridge Council, tomorrow and underlining that the council must see this review through.
“I was appalled to hear of the latest incidents.
"Residents living near the bar have had an absolute nightmare and it is time this nonsense was ended once and for all.”
This is not the first time a review of Funky Mojoe’s licence has taken place.
In 2008, following a series of complaints about noise and anti social behaviour, the council ordered a weekend closing time of 1am.
The club was allowed to stay open until 3am until an appeal was heard, but in 2011 the council reached a compromise of 2.30am denying residents living nearby their day in court.
Church End ward councillor Richard Hoskins, who called for a review following Saturday’s fight, said: “This decision is long overdue. There must be no backing off this time, and I for one will stand shoulder to shoulder with the residents on this.”
Residents of the Manor Court Lodge retirement home next door to Funky Mojoe say their lives have been made a misery by the bar.
And many were left terrified by the violence which occurred outside their homes last weekend.
Council Leader Keith Prince denied today’s announcement was a direct result of the latest outbreak of violence.
He said: “This is not a kneejerk reaction.
“It is something we have been working on for some time.
“We have built up a body of evidence and come to the conclusion that a review is the best way forward.”
Councillor Alex Wilson, Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, added: “We have worked very closely with the owners of the venue to resolve any issues that occur.
“However, the Community Safety Service has continued to receive a number of complaints from local residents in relation to noise and public nuisance caused by the premises.
“We have come to the conclusion that a review of the premises is the only suitable next step.”
Within the next 28 days any interested party will be given the opportunity to join in the review process, including residents and the police.
A hearing date for the review to be heard by the Licensing Sub-Committee will then be decided.
Under the licensing laws, the venue is able to open within its current hours until the review is heard and any appeal determined.
Currently the venue can open until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays (with alcohol being served until 2am) and 12.30am from Sunday to Thursday (with alcohol being served until 12.30am).
The Guardian is attempting to contact Funky Mojoe for comment
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