Steven Pease posted about Tesco Open Letter on Facebook 2016-01-18 21:16:19 +0000Sign the petition: Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance
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Further to the Open Letter and discussions with Tesco PLC, the company agreed to sell the Garrison Ground to Winchester City Council in December 2016. The council then committed to safeguard it for sport and leisure use, and is now developing an 'urban design framework' that incorporates the Garrison Ground into a Winchester Sport and Leisure Park with sports pitches and play areas alongside new indoor facilities.
We are feeding into the consultation process for the park, and encouraging Winchester City Council to protect all remaining playing fields at Bar End with Fields In Trust.
Thank you to all who supported these efforts!
FAO: John Allan, Non-executive Chairman, and Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco PLC735 signatures
We write as concerned residents of Winchester in Hampshire, to ask for your support.
As you may know, Tesco PLC owns land at Bar End, Winchester, which is on your asset disposal list. This land was put forward for housing development – presumably by Tesco PLC – via the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Winchester's Local Plan.
Tesco PLC's land at Bar End, known as The Garrison Ground, is a prime sport and recreational venue for our community. It is home to the Winchester City Flyers women's and girls' football club and the Winchester and District Girls Football League, as well as to Winchester Amateur Boxing Club. It supports grass training for the Winchester and District Athletics Club, and every year hosts events ranging from Cancer Research UK's 'Race for Life' to the local Fun Fair. It's also an important venue for kickabout football, informal play, and dog walking.
The ongoing use of the Garrison Ground for sport and recreation is essential to our community. The City of Winchester has a shortfall in sports grounds of more than 11 hectares, and desperately needs new publicly accessible swimming pools, sports halls and synthetic turf pitches, to meet the requirements of a growing population and in particular increasing numbers of children and young people. Certain facilities – such as those for gymnastics – are completely absent from the local area. Bar End is the best place for any new facilities, but we will need to retain as much open space as possible there too.
In short – we cannot afford to lose the Garrison Ground to housebuilding or to any other non-sports related development.
Please will Tesco PLC work with us, the residents of Winchester, to protect the Garrison Ground and to develop a community sport and recreational hub at Bar End?
Your land could make all the difference to the future of our City and District. Please give us, and our children, a sporting chance.
To all signatories: you can sign with your name and email address (or phone number if preferred). Upon signing, you will receive a thank you email, which includes an option to unsubscribe from further updates. Thank you for your support!
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics inspired our community. We saw the power of sport – to bring people together, keep them healthy and active, reaching for their goals.
Winchester is one of the most active areas of the UK. But our public sports facilities are really limited. We need facilities that offer everyone a chance to take part in sport, whether for fun, fitness, training or competition.
So we set ourselves 2012 hours to make a difference, to secure the future of sport in Winchester – and build our Olympic legacy! Between midnight on 27th July 2014 – the two-year anniversary of the London 2012 opening ceremony – and 8pm on 19th October 2014, we aimed to raise awareness of the issues as well as a significant community contribution to the funds needed to build Winchester's new sports facilities.
The goal was to ensure the right facilities are built in the right place, and in the right way – involving our community.
Our research indicates that these indoor facilities would meet the needs of our area, now and in the future:
- A 50m community pool that can be divided into different sections and varied in depth – swimming is by far the most popular activity here!
- A gymnastics and trampolining facility – hundreds of local children enjoy these sports but there are no facilities in Winchester
- A large sportshall – we're desperately short of indoor courts for netball, basketball and other sports
- An indoor athletics training area and spectator seating for our athletics track
Volunteers from our community have ideas about how these facilities might work and where. They're concepts, not blueprints – but they show what's possible if we work together.
If we don't manage to secure these facilities, or if our funds aren't needed to build them, we'll invest the money we raise in other community sport and recreational projects – and we'll ask you to help us prioritise them.
The 2012 hours website itself has now been archived, but if you'd like to take a look you can find it at http://2012hours.weebly.com.
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