Like all local councils across the UK, we are facing severe financial pressures after 13 years of significant funding cuts from central Government which have reduced our budget annually in Lewisham by £157m - from £420m to £263m.
We have to prioritise funding and need to focus our limited financial resources on maintaining essential local services and supporting our most vulnerable residents. During a cost-of-living crisis, we cannot justify spending money on community fireworks for just one night over vital services needed throughout the year including adult social care and children’s services.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the fireworks display in Blackheath was funded almost exclusively for many years by Lewisham Council, supported by community fundraising. We will continue exploring possible options for the future and remain open to offers of sponsorship and external funding.
We work ongoingly with our partners and community groups in our borough to keep a wide and varied range of events and resources available to all our residents throughout the year. For details of what’s on in Lewisham, please sign up to our Council e-newsletter, visit our website and follow us on social media.