Your Clerk is not empowered to make decisions of any sort unless your standing orders list them in a scheme of delegation. The council, in practice every councillor, are responsible & accountable for decisions they make. They should not have obstacles put in the way to adversely impact their decision making and restricting access to council documents amounts to such obstacles. Ask for an agenda item to go on the next full council meeting about access to documents, with a motion that the clerk implements a means of providing quick and easy access to all docs, and that by default, there will be no challenge made by the clerk for release of the documents. Then get the 8/9 to resolve it.