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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Margy Budden
Roberta Hartley
Chris Whittle
Kirsty Gittins
Deborah Wimbush
Jane Blackwell
Sonia Whiteman
Joy Macfadyen
Lisa Denton
John Batten
Sarah Beardon
Ginnie Venning
Ewan Simmonds
Robert Bryan
Gary Pearson
Amanda McLoughlin
735 signatures

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  • Edward Lunniss
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  • Ginnie Venning
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  • James McDowell
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  • Matthew Airs
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  • Ewan Simmonds
    signed 2016-03-19 12:31:27 +0000
    It is a sensible, effective, and considered approach to make sensible developments in area which already provides oppoprtunities for people interested in Foootball, Hockey and, clearly, Athletics. An intelligent option would most likely be a decision to provide stands adjacent to the track so that spectators might be able to take advantage of a covered facility from which to observe all Athletics competitions and matches. However, it is understood that such decisions must be arrived at after due discussion and cost analysis to establish the most appropriate solutions. Good luck!!
  • Matthew Johnston
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  • Francesca Barnes
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  • Gary Pearson
    signed 2016-03-19 10:37:55 +0000
    In one stroke Tesco’s you can do more good for children than all the school voucher schemes that you have done in the past. Create a legacy not a profit.
  • Amanda McLoughlin
    signed 2016-03-19 10:30:21 +0000
    My family have been involved in lots of sport at the garrison ground (Winchester city flyers football) and athletics track (WADAC) – it would be wonderful for even better sporting facilities to be developed there.
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