Should Greenwich Council fund Blackheath Fireworks again?

News Shopper: Explosive issue? Councillor John Fahy Explosive issue? Councillor John Fahy

A WOOLWICH councillor is polling people on whether the local authority should start funding Blackheath fireworks again.

Greenwich Council scrapped its funding for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations back in 2010, leaving a £26,000 funding shortfall and meaning Lewisham was left to shoulder the financial burden with the help of sponsors and donations.

Now, Councillor John Fahy has set up an online poll and said he supports the idea of funding the event again.

Critics have pointed out Greenwich Council spent a large amount on other firework displays to help its bid for a Tall Ships Regatta - an event it is shelling out £500,000 on.

Cllr Fahy wrote on his website: "Clearly local government has many pressures on limited resources but supporting community events is extremely important.

"We spend significant resources on our festivals and rightly so. Getting together with a neighbouring borough builds positive relationships and I fully support Greenwich making a contribution to secure the long term future of the event."

To take part, visit johnfahy.org.uk

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1:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Maggot E. Smegmellen says...

Most definitely not. This medieval celebration of the capture, torture and execution of a human being should be abolished and most definitely not paid for by the council (taxpayers). God deliver us!
Most definitely not. This medieval celebration of the capture, torture and execution of a human being should be abolished and most definitely not paid for by the council (taxpayers). God deliver us! Maggot E. Smegmellen
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