It really does seem that local government is not keen on ready access to information:
Futures Forum: Freedom of Information and local government
And it really does seem that the only way to challenge this reluctance is persistence - or, as some have it - 'obsession':
Welsh ministers have claimed that the interest in openness is “an unhealthy obsession” and a blogger in Carmarthenshire was arrested and handcuffed by the police for filming a council meeting.
Futures Forum: Concerns about transparency and lobbying continue in East Devon: pt 2
Although it could be said that it is local government which is 'obsessive':
‘The relocation proposals put forward by East Devon District Council have frustrated and angered residents of the District. The process has been mishandled from the outset, beset by errors, poor decision-making and an obsession with secrecy.
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: and the longer-term demise of district councils... part ten: "EDDC is probably finished and long term decisions concerning the future of the Knowle are best left to the successor authorities."
It appears that some parts of the country are more 'obsessive' than others.
Oxford, for example:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project >>> and rational ignorance
Persistence pays for a West Way campaigner as council is ordered to release info (From The Oxford Times)