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!

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Jennifer Gaster
Tom Vamos
Helen Weeks
Allan Higgs
Rory McCallum
Richard Miles
Anna Reynolds
Kathryn Miles
Barbara Brown
Claire Lane
Tom Peck
Sreve Abley
Stephen Wimbush
Ally Stout
Jill Revans
Jay Wilson
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  • Jennifer Gaster
    signed 2016-01-25 10:51:46 +0000
  • Tom Vamos
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  • Helen Weeks
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  • Allan Higgs
    signed 2016-01-25 10:49:40 +0000
    On Behalf of Winchester City Flyers
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  • Richard Miles
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  • Anna Reynolds
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  • Kathryn Miles
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  • Barbara Brown
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  • Julia Passingham
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  • Julia Passingham
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  • Claire Lane
    signed 2016-01-24 13:41:50 +0000
  • Michaela McCallum
    signed 2016-01-24 13:31:12 +0000
    The Garrison Ground is a very important piece of land providing space for the health and wellbeing for the people of Winchester. It is particularly appreciated by the club members at Winchester and District Athletic Club who use the grass area as an alternative to track sessions (preventing injuries and when the track is at capacity on club nights) It is also used by visiting clubs as a warm up area when there are competitions on the track. Use of the Garrison Ground is increasing in terms of recreation as the city becomes ever larger, Girls Football, Archery, Winchester Boxing, dog walkers, the Athletics Club. Our City Council must act to protect green areas in the city and not destroy these spaces, to do so would demonstrate a short-sighted vision.
  • Tom Peck
    signed 2016-01-24 12:42:02 +0000
  • Sreve Abley
    signed 2016-01-24 09:27:09 +0000
  • John Miller
    signed 2016-01-24 09:27:07 +0000
  • Stephen Wimbush
    signed 2016-01-24 09:24:03 +0000
  • Ally Stout
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  • Abi Hawke
    signed via 2016-01-24 07:50:58 +0000
  • Jill Revans
    signed 2016-01-24 07:29:32 +0000
    This area is a vital bit of green space in the Winchester area.
  • Izzy Gray
    signed 2016-01-23 23:53:05 +0000
    Please build an indoor track
  • Jay Wilson
    signed 2016-01-23 21:52:07 +0000
    I coach throwing events, all of which are impossible in a housing estate. Javelin anyone? Hammer? And if throws athletes are to continue coming out of WADAC, ‘every little helps’ as a certain slogan goes.
  • Rosie Marshall
    signed via 2016-01-23 21:08:45 +0000