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Alcohol licence for restaurant at former Funky Mojoe nightclub site

PUBLISHED: 14:30 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 February 2016

The Woodford has opened on the site of notorious former nightclub Funky Mojoe.

The Woodford has opened on the site of notorious former nightclub Funky Mojoe.

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A new high-end restaurant on the site of a notorious former nightclub has been granted a licence to sell alcohol after councillors determined it would not cause a significant disturbance to residents.

The Woodford, High Road, South Woodford, had applied to be able to sell alcohol and play live and recorded music from 8am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11pm on weeknights.

In a meeting of Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee, held this morning at Redbridge Town Hall, members decided that the sale of alcohol on the premises should be permitted, provided the application withdrew its request for a music licence, in order to assuage the fears of some residents that the restaurant could become a bar or nightclub.

When first submitted, the application saw a number of objections from South Woodford residents, who feared the return of what one described as “a living hell” when nightclub Funky Mojoe operated on the site.

However, The Woodford’s licensing agent, David Dadds, stressed the owners were only interested in bringing a high-quality dining experience to the area.

He said: “I know there has been some anticipation and fear about this application, but I hope it’s clear this is a restaurant. It is all about the food.”

The committee, chaired by Cllr Roy Emmett, was convinced by Mr Dadd’s argument and the compromises reached on a designated smoking area, music after 11pm and other provisions, and a unanimous decision granted the restaurant its licence.

Cllr Emmett said: “There had been a great deal of co-operation between the enforcement team and the applicants beforehand and obviously the residents’ concerns had been addressed.

“It was quite honestly the best planning meeting I’ve been to.”

For more information and reaction to the committee’s decision, see this Thursday’s Ilford Recorder.


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