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Prestbury is a democratic unit with an active Parish Council that has twelve elected members who assemble for twelve Full Council meetings each year.
Prestbury contains three wards, with five Parish Councillors representing the Ward of Prestbury, six Parish Councillors representing the Ward of Butley, and one Parish Councillor representing the Ward of Fallibroome.
Prestbury Parish sits astride the River Bollin in the North Cheshire Green Belt. It is bounded on the east by the River Dean, with Bollington and the Pennine foothills beyond, and, on the west, by the sandstone ridge that is ‘The Edge’ at Alderley. It lies to the south and south west of the Adlington Hall estate and to the north of the market town of Macclesfield. The administrative parish, which is part of Cheshire East Borough Council, is long and narrow in shape and covers 1,165 hectares. It has a border with the Greater Manchester conurbation as its northern tip extends up to Woodford in Stockport and its southern border almost meets up with Henbury Parish and includes Macclesfield Rugby Club. It has a population of 4181 Although the average age of the community is slightly higher than the borough average, it supports a plethora of active organisations.
The main street in Prestbury Village and its immediate environs is a Conservation Area and so is the hamlet of Butley Town within the parish.
Considered a desirable locale situated within Cheshire's "Golden Triangle", Prestbury comprises a central historic area with many listed buildings, the most notable of which is the Grade 1 listed Parish Church of St. Peter that used to be the mother church covering a vast area. Surrounding the core are prime residential areas set amidst tree-lined roads and rolling countryside which is given over mainly to dairy farming.