The politician responsible for axing Birmingham's traditional New Year's Eve party is facing an inquiry into his decision.
A city council scrutiny committee will today probe the action of cabinet leisure member John Alden, who ruled that the Millennium Point spectacular with live bands did not justify its £170,000 price tag.
Coun Alden (Con Harborne) intends to use the money saved by scrapping the annual party to stage a fireworks display in the city centre and a larger Christmas entertainment instead.
The decision to refer the matter to a scrutiny committee was taken by Labour councillors who say they do not understand the thinking behind the proposed changes.
Ian Ward, deputy Labour leader, said the New Year's Eve party had been popular.
Coun Ward (Shard End) added: "We would certainly question whether people are likely to come into the city centre just to see a firework display. We are not against having a fresh look at what we do over Christmas and the New Year but we do think Coun Alden's decision merits scrutiny."
An explanation of Coun Alden's proposed £428,000 winter programme - including the Frankfurt Christmas market, Santa's grotto, a canal boat parade, a reindeer and lantern parade and a pantomime horse grand national - has been posted on the council website.
The report states: "The recommendations put forward are considered as the most effective allocation of resources to achieve a well balanced, all-inclusive and well attended events portfolio that showcases Birmingham and creates an exciting, culturally diverse and high profile series of events and activities for people living in the city.
"The programme is expected to attract in excess of half a million attendees and will positively promote the city."