The country town of Princes Risborough lies between the Vale of Aylesbury and is regarded as many as the Gateway to the Chilterns. On the route of the pre-Roman Upper Icknield Way and dominated by a chalk hill carving the Whiteleaf Cross, Prince Risborough is a centre for unique events such as the Kop Hill Climb and a popular area for walking and cycling.
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Historically it was both a manor and an ecclesiastical parish, of the same extent as the manor, which comprised the present ecclesiastical parish of Princes Risborough (excluding Ilmer) and also the present ecclesiastical parish of Lacey Green, which became a separate parish in the 19th century. It was long and narrow (a "strip parish"), taking in land below the Chiltern scarp, the slope of the scarp itself and also land above the scarp extending into the Chiltern hills.
The manor and the parish extended from Longwick in the north through Alscot, the town of Princes Risborough, Loosley Row and Lacey Green to Speen and Walters Ash in the south.
Since 1934 the civil parish of Princes Risborough (formerly the same as the ecclesiastical parish) has included the town of Princes Risborough, the village of Monks Risborough (but not the outlying parts) and part of Horsenden but has excluded Longwick.
It is within the Wycombe district of Buckinghamshire and operates as a town council within Wycombe district.
Princes Risborough Town Council is an elected body of 13 unpaid councillors who have statutory responsibilities for certain aspects of the town, these include street lights, public parks, grass cutting and maintaining some of the listed buildings such as the Market House. Other non-statutory areas the council is involved in are planning applications, forward planning for the town as a whole and as a community voice to Wycombe District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council as well as local business.
Full Council meetings take place at 7:00pm bi-monthly, on the last Tuesday of the month in The Princes Centre, Clifford Road and are open to the public. Typically the meetings last 2 hours and will usually include a report from the police. The first 10 minutes of the meeting are available for the general public to raise any issues they may have with the council.