BUSINESS chiefs have pledged to work to help ensure that Helensburgh’s fireworks display has a future.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, fears have been expressed that Saturday’s event could be one of the last displays if the proposed waterfront leisure centre gets the go-ahead.

Doubt has been cast due to there being no provision in the plans for the fireworks display, organised by Helensburgh and District Round Table, to take place at the pier.

But Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce is keen to ensure that the event can continue beyond this year, whether or not the plans are given permission.

A Chamber spokesperson said: “The Chamber is disappointed that in planning for the redevelopment of the seafront no provision was made for the fact that community events take place there.

“The bonfire is one of the busiest nights of the year in town and many businesses benefit from the increased footfall.

“The Chamber is working on a plan that will help groups such as the Round Table and will be organising talks with them and other voluntary groups whose efforts add so much to the town early in the New Year.

“We need to compensate for the lack of vision and understanding of the town that the council has shown.”