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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  • William Stirling-Stainsby
    signed 2016-01-23 13:43:56 +0000
  • Ben Healey
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  • Pete Spelman
    signed 2016-01-23 09:15:38 +0000
    I am the Chairman of Winchester & District Athletics Club (WADAC), a Club of 815 members. The Garrison Ground is adjacent to the Athletics Stadium and is used two to three times a week by our Club members for training purposes. Every Tuesday & Thursday evening one can find between 100 to 150 athletes using The Garrison Ground for endurance reps, sprints training, drills, warm ups and cool downs. In particular, our Junior athletes (some 400 members) frequently use The Garrison Ground as the soft ground surface is more suitable for training purposes. WADAC has 4 international athletes and scores of County level athletes. We have plans to grow and become one of the best Athletics Clubs in the UK with a strong regional presence. We have plans for indoor athletics facilities to attract the best athletes in the country. The Garrison Ground is an integral part of our Club and Athletics Stadium. We urge you, please, to protect it as permanent open space for community sports & leisure purposes, not just for WADAC but the many other Clubs and residents that use it.
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  • Tom Pugh
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    With experience of running sport schemes for children, space and sport facilities are essential, and in Winchester, the space at bar end is crucial for all of our young sport stars of the future and our community as a whole.
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    Winchester needs proper facilities for many sport. It doesn’t need to loose any.
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