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

Neil Burrows
Michael Heard
Stephenie Burrows
Andy Knight
Sally Clarke
Rachael Corrie
Robert Porter
Siobhan Redican
Maria Harvey
Sarah Wakeman
Andy Eymond
Charlotte Baker
Ali Henderson
Nicki Bosley
Alex Whiting
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  • Neil Burrows
    signed 2016-01-26 15:24:27 +0000
  • Michael Heard
    signed 2016-01-26 15:15:20 +0000
    I live at Bar End and stongly support this use of the land. It would be by far the best use of this area.
  • Stephenie Burrows
    signed 2016-01-26 14:23:29 +0000
  • Elspeth Howie
    signed 2016-01-26 14:07:50 +0000
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  • Alison Aspin
    signed 2016-01-26 13:07:18 +0000
  • Sally Clarke
    signed 2016-01-26 11:59:24 +0000
  • Rachael Corrie
    signed via 2016-01-26 11:53:08 +0000
    This area of land is so important to be kept as sports facilities. It is such a well used spot, as anyone can see. One of the great sights on a Saturday or Sunday morning is to see the pitches all filled with teams of girls, boys and women all playing football for the joy of playing! It would be an immense loss to Winchester if it became a housing development.
  • Anna Williams
    signed 2016-01-26 11:32:22 +0000
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  • Catherine Church
    signed via 2016-01-26 11:28:33 +0000
  • Robert Porter
    signed 2016-01-26 11:01:57 +0000
  • Siobhan Redican
    signed 2016-01-26 10:36:32 +0000
  • Maria Harvey
    signed 2016-01-26 09:51:46 +0000
  • Sarah Wakeman
    signed via 2016-01-26 09:45:41 +0000
  • Andy Eymond
    signed 2016-01-26 09:29:52 +0000
  • Charlotte Baker
    signed via 2016-01-26 09:18:33 +0000
    Not only is the Garrison Ground regularly used by many groups but the numbers seem to be growing eg Winchester City Flyers are adding more girls football teams. We really need this space.
  • Ali Henderson
    signed 2016-01-26 07:31:01 +0000
  • Claire Elledge
    signed 2016-01-26 07:27:59 +0000
  • Nicki Bosley
    signed 2016-01-25 23:46:39 +0000
  • Alex Whiting
    signed 2016-01-25 22:42:41 +0000
  • Justin Corrie
    signed 2016-01-25 22:34:25 +0000
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  • Emily Davidson
    signed 2016-01-25 22:22:33 +0000
  • Katherine Collings
    signed 2016-01-25 22:19:41 +0000
  • Jo Fields
    signed 2016-01-25 22:16:43 +0000