Popular game site to shut as threat looms

Youngsters  at Battlefield Live near Thorney from  Witham Hall prep school, near Bourne pictured with staff members  James Wright and Adam Shores EMN-150207-211556009

Youngsters at Battlefield Live near Thorney from Witham Hall prep school, near Bourne pictured with staff members James Wright and Adam Shores EMN-150207-211556009

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The owner of a popular outdoor activity site is being threatened with prosecution by Peterborough City Council after his business was ordered to shut.

Battlefield Live in French Drove, Thorney, was ordered to close down by June 1 after not receiving an extension to its license to operate on the site due to noise complaints.

However, owner Nigel Simons disputes that noise is a problem, and he believes he has the council’s permission to continue operating until July 23 as the council will not take any action before this date.

Mr Simons, a Thorney Parish councillor, will shut the business from July 24 and try to find it a new home.

Battlefield Live is a team combat game with guns which use infra-red light. It is rated number one on the TripAdvisor website for fun activities and games in Peterborough.

After permission to continue operating was rejected by the council’s planning committee, Mr Simons appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

During this time he said he legally continued to take bookings, often for school groups, only to lose the appeal.

Mr Simons criticised city councillor for Eye and Thorney, Cllr David Sanders, claiming he had offered no help.

Cllr Sanders said: “Everybody should abide by the law. I am appalled that the city council has not done its job properly and enforced the law as an example to others.”

A council spokesman said: “Battlefield Live has continued to operate after the deadline when the use should have stopped.

“We have written to the operators to explain that we have started preparing the evidence to support the case for prosecution, but have advised that if they stop using the site either before the matter gets to court or by 24 July, 2015, it is unlikely the council will proceed with the prosecution.”