The Centurion Pub
The Centurion is a community pub located in the heart of the Vicars Cross community in Chester. It is run by the Centurion Community Action Group Limited (CCAG), a community benefit society formed in 2016 to enable local people to take over the lease and running of the pub. After being informed that the pub would be closed and sold to developers, a group of local residents organised community meetings to oppose the sale and developed plans to secure the lease of the pub.
The CCAG had to overcome a significant battle to successfully secure the lease of The Centurion. Support from the local community was overwhelming. Over 400 people submitted objections to two planning applications. The community also provided financial support by raising £21,000 to cover the cost of reopening the pub under a 12 month lease arrangement. Alongside strong community support, there was also wide ranging political support from Great Boughton Parish Council, councillors from Cheshire West and Chester Council and the local MP.