Compromise on Woodford Green Seasons bar late licence agreed

PUBLISHED: 13:25 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:51 27 March 2014

It was smiles all round, after a compromise was reached regarding an extension of a licensing application for a bar, that residents believed would be the second coming of Funky Mojoes.

Since their opening in 2010, Seasons, a bar and restaurant in The Broadway, Woodford Green, has applied for several licensing applications, to introduce later hours and live music and entertainment.

Cllr Linda Huggett (Conservative, Monkhams), said: “We all know about the fiasco with Funky Mojoes as it turned from a champagne bar into a nightclub and we do not want this repeated again.”

Situated in a predominantly residential area, Seasons, previously known as The Vault, was a below ground level bar and restaurant but the venue was then extended to the ground floor in 2012.

But Seasons’ owners went a step further, applying to extend their opening times by an hour and for them to be able to hold live entertainment at the venue.

Resident of The Broadway, Darren Masters, who started a petition against the application, said: “It is clear that it was intended from day one that the owners wanted to turn it into a nightclub. They have applied for it bit by bit so they could eventually get what they want.”

Jennifer Salfinger, a new mum who lives in the block of flats next door, said: “I lay in bed listening to the thumping music that keeps me awake and wakes up my daughter. There are people arguing and swearing outside of the flats and I am terrified to leave my own home.”Although the extension of licensing hours was refused, “regulated entertainment” will be allowed.

Mr Masters said: “We are extremely pleased with the decision made and are glad that our concerns as residents have been taken into account.”

Licensee and landlord of Seasons, Peter Southgate, said: “I think we got exactly what we wanted. Our main aim was to get the live entertainment and we are perfectly happy with this compromise.”

Cllr Hugget said: “We do want to promote businesses but at the same time we want residents to be happy as they have to live next to or near the premises so I’m just happy we got the result we wanted.”

Conditions on the license will be confirmed in the next few days.

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