Questions raised over Bury St Edmunds venue’s ‘economic contribution’ as ticket sales rocket

The Apex in the arc, Bury St Edmunds ANL-141021-143616001
The Apex in the arc, Bury St Edmunds ANL-141021-143616001

Councillors have welcomed news of a dramatic rise in tickets sales at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, but one has voiced concern about its ‘economic contribution’ to the town.

The entertainment venue sold 61,399 tickets between April and the end of December in 2014, compared to 40,795 in the same period the previous year.

Chief executive of ourburystedmunds, Mark Cordell, said: “It appears to me the number of household names now appearing in Bury is increasing.

“This will no doubt have a positive knock on effect for food and drink establishments in the town.”

St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for leisure, Sarah Stamp, said: “It is great more and more people are discovering The Apex.

“It is an investment because it helps contribute £5 million to the local economy.”

However, independent borough councillor David Nettleton says this apparent contribution is ‘not a real figure’.

“There is nothing to back it up. I argue it is not a real number, it’s just come from a disputed economic theory,” he said.

“If this £5 million is coming in, are residents and businesses in the area actually seeing any of it?