Equity opposes closure of JoJo’s
9 December 2014
Equity’s General Secretary Christine Payne has written to Tim Mitchell, Chair of Westminster Council’s Licensing Committee, to express the union’s concern about the closure of Legendary Soho venue Madame JoJo’s. A petition has also been launched to save the club.
Christine wrote: “News of the sudden closure of this venue was of great shock to many of our members who either worked there or attended to enjoy the variety of entertainment on offer. As you will appreciate it has been a key part of Soho's nightlife for over half a century, has catered for a wide diversity of audiences and is held with great affection.
“We understand the decision was based on a single, though serious, incident on 24 October involving the club's staff. We also understand from the press that no criminal charges have followed that incident and that the licensees changed their security staff and management to a team approved by the council.
“It will not have escaped your notice that many believe this closure is part of a wider policy to 'gentrify' the area being that plans were approved for the area in 2013 which do not appear to include maintaining this venue. Whatever the outcome of this particular incident, we do believe that the club could again be safely and responsibly operated in this vibrant part of the city. We therefore urge the council to reconsider its decision to revoke this licence."
Read more about the closure.