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

Helen Riches
Gill Grant
Samantha Williams
Lesley Carr
Rebecca Ralph
Robert Jack
Sonja Payne
Sandy Miles
Angela Foster
Sally Hunter
Ellie Medlock
Jill Kennett
Robert Ducker
Elizabeth Mackenzie
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  • Jo Batey
    signed 2016-04-04 15:03:20 +0100
    Please support the development of sport and leisure facilities on this ground and not additional housing.
  • Helen Riches
    signed via 2016-04-02 20:40:08 +0100
  • Katja Osgood
    signed via 2016-04-01 15:57:35 +0100
  • Joanne Payne
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-31 14:05:54 +0100
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  • Joanne Payne
    signed 2016-03-31 14:05:01 +0100
  • Nick Kendall
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-29 21:23:14 +0100
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  • Nicholas Kendall
    signed 2016-03-29 21:22:34 +0100
  • Simon Borthwick
    signed 2016-03-23 21:19:17 +0000
  • Derek Smith
    signed 2016-03-23 11:19:39 +0000
  • Gill Grant
    signed 2016-03-23 08:08:54 +0000
  • Samantha Williams
    signed via 2016-03-22 22:29:51 +0000
  • Lesley Carr
    signed via 2016-03-22 19:35:47 +0000
    My grandchildren all take part in sport; athletics, football, netball, swimming etc. So do many many other well off and deprived children in Winchester. They all need good facilities to support them and maintain their interest. We need a generation of healthy active young people coming through to help us all through the next decades. We can all do something to help. Please can Tesco use their big corporate power and assets to help even more.
  • Rebecca Ralph
    signed via 2016-03-22 13:48:04 +0000
    We need indoor netball courts ASAP for the local and hampshire league matches.
  • Eileen She2
    signed via 2016-03-22 11:07:48 +0000
  • Robert Jack
    signed via 2016-03-22 08:52:02 +0000
    We cannot continue in this world putting profit above health
  • Sonja Payne
    signed via 2016-03-22 07:45:24 +0000
  • Vanessa Martin
    signed via 2016-03-22 06:51:48 +0000
  • Debbie Laycock
    signed via 2016-03-22 06:34:04 +0000
  • Sandy Miles
    signed via 2016-03-22 06:05:41 +0000
  • Angela Foster
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-22 06:03:23 +0000
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  • Angela Foster
    signed via 2016-03-22 06:02:46 +0000
  • Sally Hunter
    signed 2016-03-22 05:56:41 +0000
  • Anthony Bateman
    signed via 2016-03-22 01:22:15 +0000
  • Ellie Medlock
    signed via 2016-03-21 23:34:21 +0000
  • Amanda Burroughs
    signed via 2016-03-21 23:11:13 +0000
    I have two children who regularly use the athletics facility and a daughter who has played football matches at the Garrison for the last 4 years. Winchester needs a new sporting hub, one which Hampshire can be proud of. Do the right thing Tesco.
  • Richard Humphrys
    signed 2016-03-21 22:52:41 +0000
  • Jill Kennett
    signed 2016-03-21 22:12:29 +0000
    A sport and recreational hub at Bar End would be a fantastic innovative and forward thinking project which would benefit so many people to keep fit, compete and improve the quality of life for so many. Tesco plc please support this.
  • Robert Ducker
    signed via 2016-03-21 21:34:02 +0000
    As I understand it the favoured location for a new sports centre to replace our existing River Park Leisure Centre is right next door to the Garrison Ground. Surely if this decision is confirmed the Garrison Ground must be protected for sport/leisure use.
  • Elizabeth Mackenzie
    signed 2016-03-21 21:02:49 +0000
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  • Edward Lunniss
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