Council open to offers for buildings

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THE APEX music and entertainment venue in the Bury St Edmunds arc would be sold if a good offer was made, St Edmundsbury Borough Council leader John Griffiths has admitted.

Speaking at a press conference in the building on Wednesday, Cllr Griffiths said the authority was always open to selling assets, although the disposal of The Apex was not on the agenda.

Completed in October 2010 at a cost of £18.7 million, it has hosted the likes of folk guitarist Martin Simpson, rockers Funeral for a Friend and the annual BurySOUND competition.

It comes at a time when another building in Bury, the Corn Exchange, is subject to a takeover bid from JD Wetherspoon’s.

Cllr Griffiths said; “It is currently under offer and that would be a significant saving. It is costing us a great deal at the moment.”

The pub giant is hoping to operate in the historic location, with an application to extend its opening hours being given the go ahead by councillors last week.

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