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

Anna Croft
Louise Hayling
Jackie Thomson
Ashley Whittome
Simon Stevens
Julian Mann
Peter Richards
Adrian Robinson
Barbara Boshier
Richard Channon
Gaz Bloxsidge
Jens Diedrichsen
Giles Fisher
Rachel Williams
Charles Whelan
Robert Dempster
Steoh Farrell
735 signatures

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  • Anna Croft
    signed 2016-02-26 15:30:04 +0000
  • Louise Hayling
    signed via 2016-02-23 10:29:51 +0000
  • Jackie Thomson
    signed via 2016-02-23 10:29:04 +0000
  • Ashley Whittome
    signed via 2016-02-23 10:26:45 +0000
  • John Taylor
    signed 2016-02-22 18:36:51 +0000
  • Jo Batey
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-22 09:19:51 +0000
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  • Jessica Hasan
    signed 2016-02-21 10:40:57 +0000
  • Rich Styants
    signed 2016-02-20 20:25:17 +0000
    We need this leisure centre for our ever expanding basketball club!
  • Simon Stevens
    signed 2016-02-15 21:42:49 +0000
    It would be a total disaster if the Garrison Ground were developed for housing or any other buildings. It is an essential addition to the running track and all-weather pitches. There is nowhere else like it in the City.
  • Neville Semple
    signed 2016-02-15 11:32:06 +0000
  • Matt Oxley
    signed 2016-02-15 09:14:46 +0000
  • Julian Mann
    signed 2016-02-15 08:59:36 +0000
  • Martin Howell
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  • Martin Howell
    signed 2016-02-15 08:07:39 +0000
  • Peter Richards
    signed 2016-02-14 17:10:53 +0000
  • Adrian Robinson
    signed 2016-02-09 10:11:44 +0000
    Housing is great, but what are all these extra people on these estates going to do in their spare time? Plus, an Olympic sized pool would mean the ability to train the next generation of swimmer and triathletes. Plus we need more facilities for sport to improve the health of the local region. By providing sports facilities that are accessible to all, the load on the NHS will be reduced. Please reconsider the use of the land and utilize in a way that benefits the community.
  • Barbara Boshier
    signed 2016-02-09 07:55:28 +0000
  • Richard Channon
    signed 2016-02-08 18:28:02 +0000
  • Sue O'Dowd
    signed 2016-02-08 12:02:06 +0000
  • Gaz Bloxsidge
    signed 2016-02-08 11:44:59 +0000
  • Jens Diedrichsen
    signed 2016-02-08 09:38:06 +0000
  • Giles Fisher
    signed 2016-02-08 08:55:38 +0000
  • Jane Buxton
    signed 2016-02-08 08:32:00 +0000
  • Rachel Williams
    signed 2016-02-08 08:02:24 +0000
  • Charles Whelan
    signed 2016-02-08 07:23:11 +0000
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  • Joanne Sheehan
    signed via 2016-02-08 06:54:48 +0000
  • Robert Dempster
    signed 2016-02-08 04:46:03 +0000
  • Steoh Farrell
    signed via 2016-02-08 00:12:07 +0000
  • Peter Cole
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