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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Bradley Dommett
Louise Ditch
Abbie Pring
Shannon Bridger
Samamtha Symes
Sophie Slatcher
Bobbi Harris
Jessie Daview
Lydia Hickson
Hannah Attewell
Becca Cooles
Annie Dunnett
Jess Lee
mark Agombar
Lucy Chilcott
Mark Hickson
Alice Carrick-Smith
Scarlett Sherriff
Phil Cook
Klaudia Leihener
Charlotte Gordon
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  • Bradley Dommett
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  • Bobbi Harris
    signed 2016-05-12 19:43:52 +0100
    Spent half my life down here playing football, would be so sad to see it go
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  • Jess Lee
    signed via 2016-05-12 18:37:38 +0100
  • mark Agombar
    signed 2016-05-12 17:43:02 +0100
    I have 2 daughters one who is 19 and the other is 15 both have played football at the garrison ground for 5 plus years and still do, they are fit and very active in this sport. Just take the time to think of the other children that will not get the privalege if this proposal goes ahead like my two had. I thought this country was trying to get people active especially children in any form of Sport. if the garrison goes where do we all go to be active and enjoy out door sport?
  • Lucy Chilcott
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  • Louisa Castle
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  • Mark Hickson
    signed 2016-05-12 15:03:14 +0100
    Keep Garrison open for kids sports, Tesco you have sponsored the FA for football. You should be ashamed of yourself for wanting housing built for a profit.
  • Cara Galley
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  • Alice Carrick-Smith
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  • Klaudia Leihener
    signed 2016-05-12 10:00:25 +0100
  • Charlotte Gordon
    signed via 2016-05-12 09:53:22 +0100
    I’ve played football at the garrison for over 10 years with Winchester City Flyers and have seen the immense growth the women’s game in the area. Having the garrison as a base has been central to this.
  • Roger Gibbons
    signed 2016-05-12 09:34:58 +0100