Redbridge Council announce licence review of Funky Mojoe in High Road, South Woodford

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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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10:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Hopefully this will be the Death Knell wake up call for this excuse of a 'Champagne Cocktail Moluccas and Sambucas Oyster and Mussell, Jelly Eel Nightclub (no lashes of gravees')

Never in the History of 'Woodford Then and Now' (Book available at the Village Bookshop) has a Licensed Establishment locally caused so much upset from residents, especially those who live in the former Ford Garage opposite (cannot recall what it is name now).

These premises opened in a Fanfare of Publicity a little while back have been in the news for the wrong reasons.

We have had shootings, stabbings, vicious assaults with glasses including the actress who was on big brother who dated Edward Teddy Sherringham who was a Miss World contestant but got the elbow as Teddy had been courting her and failed to declare the same whilst he judged the competition or something like that.

The Stalwart Councillor Hoskins and IDS at times have tried in vain to close the place down despite the attempts by the owners of the club to have an open day and invite the elderly residents into the premises and offer them refreshments to pacify them.

Cones are put out at the weekend, yellow and bright as though the club has special status.

We have had reports of serious events in Kebab Shop next door, unwarranted demands for more chilli sauces and meat without justification. Do we need this Mojo in the area? (as Clegg would ask a question that he wanted to be asked anyhow) I say no we do not?

The Mojo is the menace and it should be a traditional pub like Wetherspoon.
Hopefully this will be the Death Knell wake up call for this excuse of a 'Champagne Cocktail Moluccas and Sambucas Oyster and Mussell, Jelly Eel Nightclub (no lashes of gravees') Never in the History of 'Woodford Then and Now' (Book available at the Village Bookshop) has a Licensed Establishment locally caused so much upset from residents, especially those who live in the former Ford Garage opposite (cannot recall what it is name now). These premises opened in a Fanfare of Publicity a little while back have been in the news for the wrong reasons. We have had shootings, stabbings, vicious assaults with glasses including the actress who was on big brother who dated Edward Teddy Sherringham who was a Miss World contestant but got the elbow as Teddy had been courting her and failed to declare the same whilst he judged the competition or something like that. The Stalwart Councillor Hoskins and IDS at times have tried in vain to close the place down despite the attempts by the owners of the club to have an open day and invite the elderly residents into the premises and offer them refreshments to pacify them. Cones are put out at the weekend, yellow and bright as though the club has special status. We have had reports of serious events in Kebab Shop next door, unwarranted demands for more chilli sauces and meat without justification. Do we need this Mojo in the area? (as Clegg would ask a question that he wanted to be asked anyhow) I say no we do not? The Mojo is the menace and it should be a traditional pub like Wetherspoon. Cornbeefur
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8:58am Fri 1 Feb 13

cessnapilot says...

Excellent news. Now Redbridge Council, review it properly, bearing in mind you represent everybody living in the area and have a responsibility to do what's best for them.
Excellent news. Now Redbridge Council, review it properly, bearing in mind you represent everybody living in the area and have a responsibility to do what's best for them. cessnapilot
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9:35am Fri 1 Feb 13

spcdust says...

I hope this is the beginning of the end for Funky Mojoes......however the licensees know how to play the law and will no doubt have lawyers Appealing any decisions and thereby delaying / stalling the whole process.

Shame on you Redbridge Council for allowing this venue in the first place and then being totally ineffective in dealing with the inevitable associated problems. The people of South Woodford have had enough - it's time you tackled the issue head on without coming to some "compromise" - the only compromises made thus far have been at the sacrifice of the need and wishes of your local electorate.
I hope this is the beginning of the end for Funky Mojoes......however the licensees know how to play the law and will no doubt have lawyers Appealing any decisions and thereby delaying / stalling the whole process. Shame on you Redbridge Council for allowing this venue in the first place and then being totally ineffective in dealing with the inevitable associated problems. The people of South Woodford have had enough - it's time you tackled the issue head on without coming to some "compromise" - the only compromises made thus far have been at the sacrifice of the need and wishes of your local electorate. spcdust
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2:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

acidbob says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Hopefully this will be the Death Knell wake up call for this excuse of a 'Champagne Cocktail Moluccas and Sambucas Oyster and Mussell, Jelly Eel Nightclub (no lashes of gravees')

Never in the History of 'Woodford Then and Now' (Book available at the Village Bookshop) has a Licensed Establishment locally caused so much upset from residents, especially those who live in the former Ford Garage opposite (cannot recall what it is name now).

These premises opened in a Fanfare of Publicity a little while back have been in the news for the wrong reasons.

We have had shootings, stabbings, vicious assaults with glasses including the actress who was on big brother who dated Edward Teddy Sherringham who was a Miss World contestant but got the elbow as Teddy had been courting her and failed to declare the same whilst he judged the competition or something like that.

The Stalwart Councillor Hoskins and IDS at times have tried in vain to close the place down despite the attempts by the owners of the club to have an open day and invite the elderly residents into the premises and offer them refreshments to pacify them.

Cones are put out at the weekend, yellow and bright as though the club has special status.

We have had reports of serious events in Kebab Shop next door, unwarranted demands for more chilli sauces and meat without justification. Do we need this Mojo in the area? (as Clegg would ask a question that he wanted to be asked anyhow) I say no we do not?

The Mojo is the menace and it should be a traditional pub like Wetherspoon.
Its not often i agree with you Cornbeefur but on this i do. There are without doubt a lot of back handers done over the years involving this place with the council, im sure it will all come out in the end. The place needs shutting down.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Hopefully this will be the Death Knell wake up call for this excuse of a 'Champagne Cocktail Moluccas and Sambucas Oyster and Mussell, Jelly Eel Nightclub (no lashes of gravees') Never in the History of 'Woodford Then and Now' (Book available at the Village Bookshop) has a Licensed Establishment locally caused so much upset from residents, especially those who live in the former Ford Garage opposite (cannot recall what it is name now). These premises opened in a Fanfare of Publicity a little while back have been in the news for the wrong reasons. We have had shootings, stabbings, vicious assaults with glasses including the actress who was on big brother who dated Edward Teddy Sherringham who was a Miss World contestant but got the elbow as Teddy had been courting her and failed to declare the same whilst he judged the competition or something like that. The Stalwart Councillor Hoskins and IDS at times have tried in vain to close the place down despite the attempts by the owners of the club to have an open day and invite the elderly residents into the premises and offer them refreshments to pacify them. Cones are put out at the weekend, yellow and bright as though the club has special status. We have had reports of serious events in Kebab Shop next door, unwarranted demands for more chilli sauces and meat without justification. Do we need this Mojo in the area? (as Clegg would ask a question that he wanted to be asked anyhow) I say no we do not? The Mojo is the menace and it should be a traditional pub like Wetherspoon.[/p][/quote]Its not often i agree with you Cornbeefur but on this i do. There are without doubt a lot of back handers done over the years involving this place with the council, im sure it will all come out in the end. The place needs shutting down. acidbob
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