THE woman who has been given the task of improving the quality of life for residents in part of a north Durham town is urging householders to come forward with new projects.

Nichola Smith, of Stanley, is the new community capacity worker for Consett North Partnership.

"The partnership provides a voice for the community, whether it is for people living, working or studying here," she said.

"It allows people to get involved in what goes on in their area and share ideas about what could be improved."

The partnership covers the Consett North ward of Derwentside District Council, which includes Villa Real, the town centre, Genesis Way, Fairways, and Number 1 industrial estate.

It was formed in November, 2002, and has already been involved in several successful projects.

These include winning £1,000 for five poop scoop bins and six litter bins, and several litter picks in open spaces, including the Blue Heaps.

This summer, it launched the town's first Consett in Bloom competition. It also part-funded a programme of events for younger children at Consett Library, including a magic show and teddy bears' picnic.

Last December, it unveiled a public noticeboard in Middle Street in the town centre.

"I want to totally revamp the partnership and bring in new faces and a different way of working," said Miss Smith.

"We are really keen to get more projects up and running for all age ranges, from toddler groups upwards."

Anyone with a project idea should contact her at the partnership office in the YMCA building, Parliament Street, Consett, or call (07843) 344088.