A landowner given a suspended prison sentence last year for operating an illegal waste site has been jailed for eight months, after failing to pay court costs and missing the deadline to remove waste from the land.
In January last year, Roger Phipps admitted several planning enforcement violations and running a waste site a permit. He was illegally storing piles of tyres, scrap metal and various other waste, as well as repeatedly burning waste on Michelins Farm near Rayleigh, Essex.
At that time, an eight-month prison sentence was suspended. Phipps was also ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work. He was also fined £15,000 for breaching two planning enforcement notices.
However, Phipps did not pay the court costs and fines and had not cleared the site of illegal waste by the end of June, as had been ordered by the court.
At the original hearing, Environment Agency Kelly Short said: “Phipps knew he needed a permit to run the site but ignored our advice for years.”