July 24 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Funky Mojoe saga looks set to continue as the bar attempts to launch yet another appeal against a cut to its licensing hours.
After failing appeals to magistrates and the High Court – one of the most powerful in the country – the South Woodford bar has applied for permission to take its case to the Court of Appeal.
It would continue the battle against licensing rules enforced by Redbridge Council cutting back alcohol serving times to 11.30pm on Friday and Saturdays, compared to 2.30am previously.
In the meantime, the club has launched a “new concept” of asking customers to bring their own drinks after they have to stop serving.
The move allows it to open until 3am by avoiding licensable activities.
Cllr Richard Hoskins, who has supported residents in their campaign against noise and anti-social behaviour from the bar, called the latest attempt “desperate”.
“They show no concern for residents and no concern for the judiciary at all,” he said.
“It’s even worse now than it ever was before because the disturbance goes on until 3am instead of 1am.
“As far as I’m concerned, the council will continue fighting this to the very end – they aren’t going to back down.”
A council spokesman said officers are monitoring Funky Mojoe on Saturday nights to ensure the conditions of the license are enforced.
She added: “If permission is granted, the council intends to firmly contest the appeal.
“No application has been made for any kind of further stay of the Magistrates’ Court decision of November 7, which means that all licensable activity must cease at 11pm (11.30pm on a Friday and Saturday), and all patrons must leave 30 minutes later.”
Judges at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court and the High Court threw out Funky Mojoe’s previous appeals and ordered them to pay the council’s legal costs.
The bar is waiting to hear whether it will be allowed to make representations to the Court of Appeal.