RESIDENTS are urging people to take pride in Runcorn.

People calling themselves the Love Where You Live Group teamed up to give the old town a spring clean.

Armed with bin bags and plastic gloves, 17 volunteers completed a litter pick through the town centre along High Street and around the car park areas towards The Brindley.

Halton Cllr Ron Hignett, board member for the physical environment, said: "In a perfect world we wouldn't need people to clean up other people's litter.

"But let's hope this encourages people to show more respect for the environment.

“It is also encouraging to see so many community groups coming together to better the environment in which we all live.”

The group was the brainchild of Mersey ward Cllr Pauline Sinnott and brings together various community groups including Old Town Bloomers project, All Saints Parish Church, Hazelhurst Studio, Runcorn WI, Trinity Church, Rotary Club and the Unity Project.

Further community clean-up events including litter collections round the Trinity and Dukesfield areas are in the pipeline.

Anyone interested in getting involved can e-mail community development officer for Mersey ward Chris Featherstone at