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Dear Sport England,

1) Are you entering into a partnership with Manchester Phoenix/Red Hockey/Freezing Point ltd to build and operate an ice rink in the greater manchester area?

2) If not, have they applied for funding to help build and operate an ice rink in the greater manchester area?

3) If funding has been granted what if any community impact assessment has been done?skating being a minority report and their already being a rink with a successful outreach and junior program in the area?

Yours faithfully,
L. Jack

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Benjamin Knight left an annotation ()

I will send this to Sport England too but L Jack is clearly not a real name. The request is made against a background of sniping and unpleasantness. The Phoenix is the long-standing local team that was forced to play out of the area last season. The Manchester Storm (not the old franchise from many years ago but a new team using the Storm branding) has a mascot called "Lightning Jack". "L. Jack" is a pseudonym being used to ask this question.

But, as Sport England will know, the Information Commissioner's guidance on valid requests under S8 of the Act identifies what personal information the requester must submit for a request to be valid.

If a correct name and address is not supplied, the applicant would have no rights under S50 of the Act to appeal any decision to the Information Commissioner.

I make this observation to avoid anybody mistakenly believing that this was a genuine and honest request from an impartial party and in the hope that Sport England will not waste valuable resources answering this enquiry.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not impartial. I am a Phoenix fan and produce the Phoenix podcast. My name is not withheld, unlike the requester.

Ben Knight

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Dear L Jack

 

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about an ice rink in the greater Manchester area. Your email was received
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FOI, Sport England

Dear L Jack,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information held by Sport England.
We have now considered your request and our response is set out below.

 

1.   Are you entering into a partnership with Manchester Phoenix/Red
Hockey/Freezing Point ltd to build and operate an ice rink in the greater
Manchester area

a.    No, we have no record of any such partnership with the organisations
listed above.

 

2.   If not, have they applied for funding to help build and operate an
ice rink in the greater Manchester area?

a.    No, we have not received an application to help fund and operate an
ice rink in the greater Manchester area.

 

3.   If funding has been granted what if any community impact assessment
has been done?

a.    Not applicable

 

This completes our response to your information request.

 

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Information Act 2000 and this means you are entitled to complain if you
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If you would like to complain about the way we have handled your request
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Sport England

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