Drawing a blank from Brentwood council
As you may know, the right to ask for a Freedom of Information request is supposed to promote transparency and accountability in our public institutions.
But when one Essex councillor asked for more information on plans to build a cinema in the town of Brentwood, the response was far from revealing.
Entire 425-page council file blanked out
An Essex councillor who asked for access to a council report was astonished to find nearly single one of the 425-pages was blacked out.
Russell Quirk made the request to Brentwood Council in Essex under the Freedom of Information Act but nearly all the words were redacted.
Mr Quirk was trying to find out about plans to build a cinema complex next to The Sugar Hut, a nightspot make famous by the ITV2 programme The Only Way Is Essex.