Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance

This campaign was successful!

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 has developed 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 have fed into the consultation process for the park, and encouraged Winchester City Council to protect all remaining playing fields at Bar End with Fields In Trust. THEY HAVE NOW AGREED TO DO SO! (as of early 2020)

Thank you to all who supported these efforts!


FAO: John Allan, Non-executive Chairman, and Dave Lewis, Group Chief Executive, Tesco PLC

Dear Sirs

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!

Who's signing

Bill Reed
george mccallum
Lionel Jones
Rachel Warland
Carol Francis
Mary Salter
Patrick Newell
Philip Aucott
Peter Kierans
Chloe Sullivan
Leif Ralph
Alicia Cuddeford
Tracy Wickham
Eddie Owusu
735 signatures

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  • Timothy Harmer
    signed via 2016-03-19 09:56:43 +0000
    Please re-think Tesco , it’s a very important park . Hundreds of people use it on a very regular basis. It has also been used for funfairs and special events like the Winchester motor show . It would be a massive pity to loose it .
  • Bill Reed
    signed 2016-03-19 09:55:45 +0000
  • george mccallum
    signed 2016-03-19 09:44:52 +0000
    What a great chance for Tesco to put something back in to the community rather than grabbing money and destroying sports grounds
  • Lionel Jones
    signed 2016-03-19 09:44:46 +0000
  • Eileen White
    signed 2016-03-19 09:38:55 +0000
  • Melissa Collins Pell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-19 09:38:31 +0000
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  • Melissa Pell
    signed 2016-03-19 09:37:44 +0000
    For me, we live in one of the oldest cities in England and to have our children have a competitive chance to participate in world class sports, please help this city give the youth what they deserve and need.
  • Rachel Warland
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-19 09:37:13 +0000
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  • Rachel Warland
    signed 2016-03-19 09:37:02 +0000
  • Carol Francis
    signed 2016-03-19 09:34:16 +0000
    Carol Francis
  • Mary Salter
    signed 2016-03-08 16:29:06 +0000
  • Patrick Newell
    signed 2016-03-08 11:51:01 +0000
  • David Adams
    signed 2016-03-08 11:13:44 +0000
  • Philip Aucott
    signed 2016-03-07 12:02:09 +0000
  • Caroline Connolly
    signed 2016-03-07 11:45:01 +0000
  • Peter Kierans
    signed 2016-03-04 14:05:33 +0000
    Sport 4 All!
  • Caroline Kierans
    signed 2016-03-04 11:16:37 +0000
  • Chloe Sullivan
    signed 2016-03-04 08:30:17 +0000
  • Tracey Hood
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-04 08:22:57 +0000
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  • Jeff Sponagle
    signed 2016-03-04 07:24:40 +0000
    Jeff Sponagle
  • james cole
    signed 2016-03-04 07:20:52 +0000
  • Leif Ralph
    signed 2016-03-04 00:21:44 +0000
  • Alicia Cuddeford
    @aliciacuddeford tweeted link to this page. 2016-03-04 00:15:53 +0000
    Open Letter to Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance http://winchestersalt.nationbuilder.com/tesco_openletter?recruiter_id=1195
  • Alicia Cuddeford
    signed 2016-03-04 00:15:04 +0000
  • Phillip Coates
    signed 2016-03-04 00:13:11 +0000
  • Tom Shaw
    signed 2016-03-03 23:30:32 +0000
    Fully support keeping this leisure facility.
  • Rebecca Macleod
    signed 2016-03-03 22:26:08 +0000
  • martin aspin
    signed 2016-03-03 21:25:58 +0000
  • Tracy Wickham
    signed 2016-03-03 19:36:47 +0000
  • Eddie Owusu
    signed 2016-03-03 18:47:17 +0000