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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Olivia Ellerton
Irina Grecu
Charlie Maw
glen foster
Johanna Jefferies
Mikaela Jenman
Chris Setters
James Coulson
Mary-Lou Curtis
Liz Hatfield
Gordon Dickinson
Helen West
Moira West
Stuart Cooper
Lynne Whitaker
Jason Wilson
allie mclean
William Stirling-Stainsby
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  • Olivia Ellerton
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  • Johanna Jefferies
    signed via 2016-01-23 19:02:45 +0000
    It is vitally important for the health and wellbeing of Winchester to retain and improve access to outdoor space. More house building without other facilities will devalue our town socially and financially as the unique character of the area is one of the factors that adds to the high value people place on being able to live here.
  • Geoff Watson
    signed 2016-01-23 18:20:54 +0000
    It is essential to develops more sports facilities alongside the ever increasing housing provision and Bar End is perfect for so many sports. Please work with us, the people of Winchester, to achieve first class sports facilities in our town.
  • Mikaela Jenman
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  • Mary-Lou Curtis
    signed 2016-01-23 17:00:13 +0000
    The land is crucial for the WADAC and the WInchester Football teams. My family and friends use these sports facilities a few times a week. Winchester needs more sports facilties and recreational ground not less. There are not enough facilities out there in WInchester any way. So why take the space away.
  • Liz Hatfield
    signed via 2016-01-23 16:54:30 +0000
  • Gordon Dickinson
    signed 2016-01-23 16:48:47 +0000
    My grandchildren have huge benefit of the athletics facilities here. The importance of sport for young people cannot be overestimated. We cannot afford to lose facilities. I hope Tesco see the value in working with the local community on this.
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  • Helen West
    signed 2016-01-23 15:52:09 +0000
    My children are members of WADAC and are regular runners for sport and recreation. It’s vital to us that the Garrison ground isn’t developed and stays as it is, a valuable and well used sports and leisure facility.
  • Moira West
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  • Stuart Cooper
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  • Lynne Whitaker
    signed 2016-01-23 14:47:32 +0000
    As a member of Winchester and District AC I would stress that this area is a vital part of the club’s facilities – the club has several hundred members from children under eleven, to athletes in their seventies. We all use this grass area for warming up and grass sessions, as the track is simply not big enough for all the members to use at once. The loss of the use of the Garrison Ground would be a huge blow to our successful athletics club. Thank you for considering the impact on the local community.
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