ROMSEY residents have collected 700 kilograms of rubbish and litter from the town's stream banks and footpaths.

The Romsey and District Society organises two stream cleans and litter-picks a year during the spring and autumn.

This autumn's event was attended by 30 volunteers who gathered at the Crosfield Hall.

Event co-ordinator councillor Mark Cooper said: "The total collected is very impressive. There's a little less litter than there used to be which shows that the twice yearly litter blitz is having a cumulative impact; the decline in plastic bag use is helping, too."

MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes also took part in the initiative.

Residents were helped by Test Valley Borough Council's environmental services staff.

The authority provided also a truck to cart away the litter and all the equipment needed.