Blackheath fireworks could be cut from Lewisham’s social calendar, with People’s Day reduced to every two years.

The council is also planning to cut all funding for art and events except the Youth Games and talent bursaries.

This comes as Lewisham Council looks to slash £30m from its budget over the next two years, following cuts in Government funding.

People’s Day and Blackheath fireworks – the largest free fireworks display in London – have the largest price tag, costing the council £69k and £40k respectively each year.

Discussing the proposals at a safer stronger communities select committee, Cllr James Rathbone asked if the events could be scaled down.

A council officer explained the proposal included holding People’s Day every second year, which would reduce the overall saving to £110k.

She said work to look for funding or sponsorship for the event was challenging because of the borough’s small business community.

“I think the impact of the cuts speaks for itself. We will look to see if there is way to continue with large-scale events without the funding,” she told the committee.

“It is very challenging to find sponsorship in the borough because we don’t have a large business community

“[the cuts] could have a knock-on effect in terms of the richness of cultural offer in the borough particularly alongside other cuts we are looking at.”

Council officers supported holding the People’s Day every two years, she explained, giving organisers more time to organise funding for the event.

“Quite a bit of it [the funding] is around bars and food – people paying to be there, trade stalls paying to be there,” she said.

As well as People’s Day and Blackheath fireworks, the council spends £36k supporting a range of cultural events across the borough, according to a council report.

The Youth Games are a London-wide festival of sport for seven to 18-year-olds.