YOUTH project Thirsk Clock Caf could be open by April.

The youth centre in the market place will provide a supportive social environment for youngsters and help to get them off the streets.

It will allow children over the age of 11 to gather socially, gain professional support and obtain training on computers.

A project development manager has been appointed to run the centre, which will have five computers and a small caf.

The cost of the project will be more than £100,000 a year and has been brought about by the combined efforts of the Market Town Initiative, Churches Together and Thirsk Community Education. The Market Town Initiative will donate £90,000 towards the running costs for the first three years.