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.
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.
Fire crews have been tackling a blaze at a house in Brentwood in Essex.
They were called to the property on Snakes Hill at about 12.30 on Sunday 4 November. They found that the whole of the ground floor was alight, and both floors heavily smoke logged. The Ambulance Service gave one elderly person medical treatment.
The fire had been brought under control by about 1.45pm, by which time firefighters had discovered a gas leak. The Gas Board is now assessing the property, and everyone has been accounted for.
Tayla Bunting from Brentwood and Alfie de Brito from Colchester will see their cartoons screened on CITV this week.Read the full story ›
Police in Essex are seeking the driver of a car which collided with a cyclist on Highland Avenue in Brentwood this morning, leaving her with a broken leg. The 17 year old's bike was clipped by a car, causing her to fall off. The car did not stop, and police are keen to speak to the driver.
There are severe delays on trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich, and Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria after a person was hit by a train near Brentwood in Essex.
Tickets are being accepted on local buses, underground and C2C services. Greater Anglia do not yet know when services will be back to normal.
Brentwood - Conservative hold
LD gain 2, Lab gain 1, C lose 3
Con 26 (-3)
LD 8 (+2)
Lab 2 (+1)
Ind 1 (no change)
Conservative majority: 15
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats made gains on Brentwood Council and cut the Conservative majority.Read the full story ›
Police investigating an armed robbery at the Santander bank in Brentwood last month have released a CCTV image of a possible suspect.Read the full story ›
An Essex ambulance station was raided by thieves while crews were out on 999 calls. They got into the empty station in Brentwood on Tuesday afternoon by forcing a window, then stole a car and a number of mobile phones.
Gary Sanderson from the East of England Ambulance Service said "This is a despicable act to carry out and especially whilst our crews are out saving lives in the community... Words cannot describe how the crews feel about the thefts."