SAVE THE CENTURION INN
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SAVE THE CENTURION INN PUB
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We’re calling on Newport Council to retain the land on which the Centurion Inn pub is located. The Council are the land owner. We’re also objecting to the possible future building of any flats / residential homes on this land.
In January 2018 - P and P Building Contractors purchased the lease on the pub from Enterprise Inns. They have expressed their intention to convert the pub into a block of flats. They allegedly claim they are in partnership with Newport City Homes (unconfirmed). This may involve the demolition of the pub. However, the lease is relatively “short-term” and only dated until 2057. We find it bizarre and highly questionable as to why a building firm would take over a pub on a short-term lease with the intention to spend thousands of pounds on building flats when there are only 39 years left on the lease?
The building firm have declared their intentions to the former landlord and several residents. This was confirmed in a phone call with the local Conservative branch who were making enquiries. No planning application has been submitted... yet we are not prepared to wait!
Unlike the Kings Head in Liswerry or the Merry Miller in Bettws, the Centurion has not been closed for a number of years whereby running into disrepair. The Centurion Inn was a trading pub that was taken over and immediately closed. The pub has been underfunded for a number of years, yet we feel with the right investment and refurbishment (from a good pub company), the venue would once again prosper. There is very little competition. The Centurion Inn is the only pub in the Beechwood Ward. It is a “Community Asset” and has been a focal point within Beechwood since the 1950’s. The next nearest pub is the Victoria Inn (which is in the St.Julians Ward).
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This petition is objecting to:
1) the building of any flats or residential homes on the site.
2) change of usage from pub to residential.
This petition is calling on Newport Council:
1) Retain the land as Council owned land.
Apart from saving the pub, we feel that road traffic and parking on Heather Road is already at breaking point. More residential properties would further potentially worsen traffic congestion. St.Julians Comprehensive School is located just 100 yards down the road and the traffic during the morning school run is already bad. The school are themselves running a campaign to deal with issue of problem parking on Heather Road and are working on this with Gwent Police.
Thanks in advance for signing.
Marie Jermyn, Michael Enea & Vikky Howells-Cook.
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