Plans for zombie invasion enrage council leader as authority reveals cost of FOI requests
Derby City Council dealt with 939 Freedom of Information requests last year - costing £31,500.
The authority is now urging people to think carefully before submitting unusual FOI requests for information unrelated to council business.
Many of the requests submitted between October 2011 and October 2012 were for information on council policy issues or the way funding is allocated.
The Local Government Association has previously released details of the most unusual FOI requests local authorities receive nationally and this included a request for preparations for an alien invasion and the cost of paying exorcists.
The national figure for FOI requests to councils last year was around 197,000 in England and Wales.
Councillor Paul Bayliss said: “We are more than happy to be open and transparent about the way in which Derby City Council is run and the work that we do and FOIs can be a great way for people to ask questions about their council but we are experiencing extremely challenging financial times.
"I was enraged by a frankly stupid question when we were asked for information on plans for a ‘zombie’ invasion. The cost of which was around £50 for dealing with the request and I feel this is not a good use of public money in the city when we are experiencing further government cuts.”