May 18 2013 Latest news:
Jessica Earnshaw , Reporter
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A late-night bar favoured by celebrities has withdrawn its application to stay open later on certain nights, leaving elderly residents “happy” but unsure of what will happen next.
Funkymojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, originally applied for six temporary event licences to remain open until 3am, leaving residents in nearby Manor Court Lodge up-in-arms.
The club, which normally closes between 2-2.30am on Friday and Saturday nights, hoped to stay open later on June 5, August 27, October 29, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve this year.
One resident, who spoke on behalf of the lodge, said: “The management company objected when they heard about the application. “We are certainly happy the club has changed their mind but we are worried what they might have up their sleeves next.
“We are all retired people living here, aged between 60-90, and the club wanted to open on two extra days over the Jubilee weekend.
“We have been suffering enough for the last four years and we feel imprisoned by the loud noise, disturbances in the street and screaming and shouting.”
According to records, about 44 complaints have been received against the club from January 31, 2010 to May 8 this year regarding noise, litter, verbal abuse and intimidation to local residents.
The council’s licensing sub-committee was expected to make a decision on Wednesday of last week at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford before the application was withdrawn and the club has since declined to comment.
Church End ward councillor Hugh Cleaver said: “The bar has caused a lot of annoyance for the local people and I think they have taken the sensible line and withdrawn the application.
“Residents believe the establishment is open late enough and I think by not continuing with the application it has taken the heat off and shows they are trying to do their best.”