Keeping Thakeham Tidy

Annual Village Spring Clean

Every year in the Spring we organise an annual Village Spring Clean, where teams of volunteers spend a couple of hours helping to clear litter from areas (particularly road verges) that are not part of the weekly schedule. In previous years we have collected well over 50 bin bags of rubbish in just a couple of hours, making a real difference to the aesthetics of the Parish.

Litter Warden

We employ a litter warden who clears litter on a weekly basis from particularly important areas of the parish, including the childrens’ playgrounds.  If you notice any problems with litter in the parish, please report them to the Clerk.


Dog fouling

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant, it is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.

Whilst most dog owners are caring and responsible there are still some people who do not clean up after their pets. Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1000!

The law states that being unware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

‘Adopt a Street’ scheme

“Adopt-a-Street” and make a difference in your area.  If you take an interest in your local area and wouldn’t mind putting in some extra care to see it looking clean and tidy you may wish to join this scheme run by Horsham District Council.   The scheme provides equipment such as litter pickers, plastic bags and gloves to help with the clean up. Basic health and safety training as well as help to co- ordinate volunteers is provided.