Lambeth Council has announced it will be scaling back its annual fireworks display and running a single free event on Clapham Common this year.
The display will be held on Clapham Common on Friday 5 November. Similar events at Brockwell Park and Streatham Common will not be going ahead this year due to financial considerations, but the council is welcoming everyone to attend the Clapham Common display instead.
Lambeth is one of the last councils to provide a free fireworks display for residents, and the only council in London to have run three free simultaneous displays in the past.
Commenting on the announcement, Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said:
“Like councils everywhere we have to make some really tough decisions, and this, unfortunately, is one of them. We have chosen to protect frontline services that support some of our most vulnerable residents and everything is being looked at in order to deliver this.
“We are faced with finding savings of around £20 million this year and £62 million over the next three years so there will be hard choices and compromises. We just can’t justify running three free fireworks displays this year.
“We are concentrating on the Clapham Common fireworks display this year, as it can accommodate the largest number of people and has good public transport links and is centrally located. It promises to be a fantastic event and I hope as many people as possible can come and enjoy the spectacular display.”