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

Nicky Cooke
Matthew Mills
Alex Baird
Ali Clements
Tracy Cooper
Sarah Franklin
Maris Robinson
Rachael Williams
Sarah Hartley
Renee Behrens
Mark Benzie
Kirsty Sahota
Laura Broadhurst
Sarah Brown
Katy Harmer
Claire Jupe
Saaha Van Der Walt
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  • Vanessa Rich
    signed via 2016-01-27 13:59:49 +0000
  • Alison Duthie
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-27 13:23:48 +0000
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  • Nicky Morrall
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-27 13:22:43 +0000
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  • Nicky Cooke
    signed 2016-01-27 13:18:55 +0000
    This area, as an open space, brings enjoyment to so many people week in/week out. There is also a such a shortage of open, green space in Winchester and this area is well used by a cross section of society. From 9 & 10 year olds athletes with visions of competing in the 2028 Olympics, to the 40s somethings trying to get back into shape and on to the more mature! Come on Teso – please let everyone continue enjoying this space.
  • Matthew Mills
    signed via 2016-01-27 12:51:38 +0000
    Sports Grounds make magical memories for so many. Please don’t take them away.

  • Alex Baird
    signed via 2016-01-27 11:16:48 +0000
    Health and fitness comes first. Keep the playing fields .
  • Paul Repper
    signed 2016-01-27 10:38:18 +0000
    Paul REPPER
  • Gary Howard
    signed via 2016-01-27 09:57:50 +0000
  • Ali Clements
    signed via 2016-01-27 08:37:26 +0000
  • Tracy Cooper
    signed via 2016-01-27 07:58:47 +0000
  • Sarah Franklin
    signed via 2016-01-27 07:37:09 +0000
  • Maris Robinson
    signed via 2016-01-27 07:06:08 +0000
  • Jackie Pretty
    signed via 2016-01-27 05:56:16 +0000
    Our daughter trains on the grass year round with winchester and District Athletics Club, the land is valuable.to the whole community, thank you
  • Barbara Eaton
    signed via 2016-01-27 00:42:54 +0000
  • Rachael Williams
    signed 2016-01-26 23:13:54 +0000
    My son uses this space with Winchester Athletics two evenings a week. Please continue to allow the community to use this fantastic space.
  • Sarah Hartley
    signed via 2016-01-26 23:00:55 +0000
    My three children all use this space weekly as members of Winchester and District Athletics Club. Please keep this space for sport and informal use.
  • Nicola Howard
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  • Nicola Howard
    signed via 2016-01-26 22:39:49 +0000
    Girls and women’s football is a fast growing area of sport and is sadly overlooked by many. It would be great if Tesco could support this growth and give ladies football another step in the right direction
  • Renee Behrens
    signed 2016-01-26 21:10:25 +0000
  • Mark Benzie
    signed 2016-01-26 20:36:23 +0000
  • Kirsty Sahota
    signed 2016-01-26 19:27:20 +0000
  • Laura Broadhurst
    signed 2016-01-26 19:20:21 +0000
  • Sarah Brown
    signed 2016-01-26 19:10:43 +0000
  • Rachel Remnant
    signed via 2016-01-26 19:10:13 +0000
  • Emma Burch
    signed via 2016-01-26 18:28:55 +0000
  • Katy Harmer
    signed via 2016-01-26 17:00:33 +0000
    My daughter plays for the Winchester Flyers at this ground every Saturday – its wonderful to see the space being used for all sporting activities and it would be a great shame for the girls and the community to lose this space. We need to be encouraging our children to be exercising and enjoying the great outdoors not taking away such a well loved and well used resource.
  • Claire Jupe
    signed 2016-01-26 16:27:38 +0000
  • Sasha Van Der Walt
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  • Saaha Van Der Walt
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  • Ralph Jessop
    signed via 2016-01-26 15:51:14 +0000
    Ralph Jessop