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

Marius Kwint
Jason Sparks
jamie cole
Julian McCarthy
Chris Prior
Stephen Boyes
Tom Oliver
Caroline Pearce
Penelope Reiffer
Alex Shambrook
Carl Jones
Olatz Arocena
Claire Ward
Dawn Hawkins
Stephen Torrance
Filip Duda
Julie Jones
Dennis Kaye
735 signatures

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  • Peter Cole
    signed 2016-02-07 23:45:54 +0000
  • Pascal Baker
    signed 2016-02-07 22:56:13 +0000
  • Marius Kwint
    signed 2016-02-07 22:52:19 +0000
    This place is vital to many, many, people’s happiness and well being and could be to many more.
  • Jason Sparks
    signed 2016-02-07 22:21:36 +0000
  • Tamsyn Smith
    @tamsynsmith tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-07 22:13:00 +0000
    Open Letter to Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance http://winchestersalt.nationbuilder.com/tesco_openletter?recruiter_id=1101
  • Tamsyn Smith
    signed 2016-02-07 22:12:39 +0000
  • jamie cole
    signed 2016-02-07 22:11:59 +0000
  • Julian McCarthy
    signed 2016-02-07 21:55:56 +0000
    Do the right thing Tesco. Benefit the long term in Winchester. You already have several stores here and don’t need more on the land you are blocking
  • Elizabeth Hobbs
    signed 2016-02-06 16:29:55 +0000
    No more house building needed but great need to preserve playing fields.
  • Chris Prior
    signed 2016-02-04 10:01:47 +0000
  • Stephen Boyes
    signed 2016-02-04 09:37:46 +0000
  • James Collins
    signed 2016-02-04 09:16:33 +0000
  • Nicky Alexander
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-04 08:25:10 +0000
    Open Letter to Tesco PLC: Give Winchester a Sporting Chance
  • Nicky Alexander
    signed 2016-02-04 08:24:13 +0000
    I participate in race for life every year it has already moved venue once please don’t let it happen again! We need this space!!
  • Tom Oliver
    signed 2016-02-03 22:24:57 +0000
    In these times of physical inactivity and obesity we simply can not afford to create another barrier to physical activity, and any form of non sports related development would be a backwards step to this.
  • Mike Billington
    signed 2016-02-02 16:59:43 +0000
  • Caroline Pearce
    signed 2016-02-02 12:10:21 +0000
  • Julia Parfitt
    signed 2016-02-02 11:37:12 +0000
  • Penelope Reiffer
    signed 2016-02-01 14:27:01 +0000
    The Garrison Grounds are a tremendously important sporting venue for the local community. If the area is developed for housing, a short term profit will be made by the company and the site will be lost forever. If however, the area is kept for sports, then Tesco can surely take credit for supporting our future athletes and generations to come. That is priceless.
  • Alex Shambrook
    signed via 2016-01-31 22:35:11 +0000
  • Carl Jones
    signed via 2016-01-31 20:53:57 +0000
  • Olatz Arocena
    signed via 2016-01-31 20:13:29 +0000
  • Claire Ward
    signed 2016-01-31 19:07:47 +0000
  • Dawn Hawkins
    signed via 2016-01-31 18:05:55 +0000
    If you keep building on are fields where are the children going to play
  • Michael Hartz
    signed 2016-01-31 17:53:35 +0000
    Tesco’s should use this opportunity to show how, as a responsible FTSE-100 company, they are helping tackle the obesity crisis by sponsoring WADAC and other local organisations to promote health and fitness
  • Stephen Torrance
    signed 2016-01-31 17:49:00 +0000
  • Filip Duda
    signed 2016-01-31 16:07:58 +0000
    1000 of people are using this facilities for sport. Do not stop them doing it
  • Julie Jones
    signed via 2016-01-31 12:50:48 +0000
  • Wendy Jones
    signed 2016-01-30 19:55:40 +0000
  • Dennis Kaye
    signed 2016-01-30 18:05:21 +0000
    I find this proposal to be really unsettling. It just reeks of greed, with Tesco- the corporate giant- wielding it’s power and contacts to improve things for its own selfish end. Young people today need all the sports facilities that are available, and more. With the increasing urbanization of our country places like this are precious.