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

Eddie Owusu
sarah-louise collins
Chris Payne
Anita Burch
Sue True
Martin Wilson
Colleen Black
Rob Wylie
Andy Payne
Julia Smart
Linda Roberts
Steen Rosenfalck
joseph lowres
annabelle maclay
Rachel Dye
Janine Kiely
Linda Stokes
Georgie Krone
735 signatures

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  • Eddie Owusu
    signed 2016-03-03 18:47:17 +0000
  • sarah-louise collins
    signed 2016-03-03 18:14:59 +0000
  • Chris Payne
    signed 2016-03-03 17:06:35 +0000
    Dear Tescos – be very grateful if we can keep the Garrison Ground used for sport – there is a lot of potential to develop sport in the area.

    Many thanks.
  • Anita Burch
    signed 2016-03-03 13:12:23 +0000
    This land should be used for sport and leisure to benefit all Winchester residents and not used for house building.
  • Sue True
    signed 2016-03-03 09:53:00 +0000
  • Victoria Cousins
    signed 2016-03-03 09:27:06 +0000
  • Phil Budden
    signed 2016-03-02 23:27:10 +0000
    Phil Budden
  • Nick Fraser
    signed via 2016-03-02 15:47:20 +0000
  • Martin Wilson
    signed 2016-03-02 13:23:16 +0000
  • Venetia bocchetta
    signed 2016-03-01 13:24:37 +0000
    This is a great opportunity for Tesco to show their support for local communities.
  • Colleen Black
    signed 2016-03-01 09:18:17 +0000
    I fully support this cause.
  • Rob Wylie
    signed 2016-03-01 09:12:30 +0000
    For our future generations, and the wellbeing of our nation, we need to ensure that there are facilities, not only for paid activities, but also free space, for people to enjoy being outside. Just see how many people are taking part in sport at the garrison ground on any weekend and you will see how important this is to our community.
  • Andy Payne
    signed 2016-03-01 09:11:02 +0000
  • Naomi Hopkins
    signed 2016-03-01 09:07:24 +0000
    We cannot afford to lose the Garrison Ground to house building or to any other non-sports related development
  • Natasha Reed
    signed 2016-03-01 09:05:26 +0000
  • Katy Roberts
    signed 2016-02-29 22:31:24 +0000
  • Julia Smart
    signed 2016-02-28 09:58:53 +0000
  • Linda Roberts
    signed 2016-02-28 08:40:46 +0000
    Linda Roberts
  • Steen Rosenfalck
    signed 2016-02-27 09:30:29 +0000
  • Tom Flaxen
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  • Jo Lowres
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  • joseph lowres
    signed 2016-02-26 21:27:49 +0000
  • Matt Kurton
    signed 2016-02-26 19:25:21 +0000
  • Katie Clark
    signed 2016-02-26 18:40:23 +0000
    Katie Clark
  • annabelle maclay
    signed 2016-02-26 18:31:20 +0000
  • Rachel Dye
    signed 2016-02-26 17:01:01 +0000
  • Janine Kiely
    signed 2016-02-26 16:36:17 +0000
  • Linda Stokes
    signed 2016-02-26 15:41:16 +0000
  • Georgie Krone
    signed 2016-02-26 15:35:02 +0000
    Georgina Krone
  • Iris Ellmann-Houldsworth
    signed 2016-02-26 15:34:56 +0000