Fife Council has allocated up to £10,000 for a fireworks display, despite concerns about public money going up in smoke.
The one-off grant for an event in Buckhaven in November was unanimously agreed in principle by Levenmouth councillors, who said it would build stronger social connections and increase local pride.
Organisers Buckhaven and Denbeath community council are asking the public and local business people for donations in a bid to reduce the amount provided by the council.
But SNP councillor John O’Brien expressed fears about the public reaction to their money being used for fireworks at a time when services are facing cuts.
“When I heard about this I had some reservations about public money going up in smoke,” he said.
“What’s the public going to think if we spend £10,000 of their hard-earned cash on fireworks and a bonfire? They would be flaming if they heard about this.”
Mr O’Brien said he was also worried about the effect the fireworks would have on animals.
“Having said that, on a more positive note, I have to go with the community’s feeling and I think the community is actually wanting this,” he said.
Labour councillor Colin Davidson added: “We’re going to get criticism bearing in mind we’re facing cuts elsewhere.”
Levenmouth area manager Dave Paterson said the high level of financial support was aimed at kick-starting the process and that any future events would be self-funded, requiring a minimum amount of cash from the council.
“We’re trying to encourage the organising of events,” he said
“We’ve had issues regarding the misuse of fireworks and we get regular updates from the fire service.
“What we are trying to do here is to look past the event and understand it’s about community cohesion, trying to bring that feeling of community back to the area.”
Mr Paterson said a recent charette carried out in Buckhaven had identified locals felt there was a lack of community spirit.
“We want to start off a gala process here with family fun days, working with shopkeepers in the area.”
It has not been decided where the display will be held but the favoured location is believed to be Buckhaven foreshore.
Levenmouth area committee convener Ken Caldwell said: “These events help to build a stronger community while at the same time offering local people a safe environment in which to enjoy this iconic annual event.”