A decision to scrap a popular free fireworks display as part of a cost-cutting exercise has sparked disappointment.
The annual bonfire night at the Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham was scrapped at Medway Council's budget meeting with a saving of £40,000.
When the extravaganza, which attracts thousands of families across Medway, was shelved at the last minute last year because of inclement weather, it prompted a wave of protest.
Diane Hatcher, a manager at the All Saints' Community Project in Luton, one of the most deprived areas in Medway, said it was a shame people were missing out.
Ms Hatcher, who helps to run the centre which supports vulnerable and needy families, said: " I know a lot of people who look forward to the fireworks.
"It's a bit of fun, it gives people a bit of a perk, especially in these tough times.
Councillors approved a council tax increase of 4.994% to secure the authority's financial future in forthcoming years.
They also agreed to spend £50,000 to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.
Ms Hatcher added: "Yes, the coronation is important and I believe in the king and queen, but you don't have to be lavish to have a good time."
Cllr Vince Maple, leader of the council's Labour group said he was "surprised" to see the item on the budget agenda.
He said:"It's a popular event and I'd like to understand the rationale of it being included.
"There was certainly no consultation with the public."
Traditionally, roads around the Great Lines are closed as visitors are encouraged to walk to the venue where an activity programme follows the display to entertain children.
The giant bonfire is built by volunteers from the Royal Engineers who are based at nearby Brompton Barracks.