Aylesbury is a town in the county of Buckinghamshire within the South East of England. It has a population of over 56,000 people. The Prime Minister's country residence Chequers is situated just 4 miles southeast of Aylesbury.
Since the 1960s the amount of housing has increased considerably within the town.
Aylesbury's housing developments were created to assist with the overspill from London to ease population size within the capital. Other housing developments are also being considered, which will increase the size of Aylesbury even further over the next 20 years.
The town centre has a popular nightlife with many pubs, bars and nightclubs. Aylesbury also has its own theatre, the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, a development of £42 million which seats over 1,200 people. It was opened in October 2010.
Aylesbury provides many jobs within the healthcare sector and is home to the large NHS hospital, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which has one of the largest specialist spinal units in the world. The town is also the location of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital which is a private hospital specialising in spinal cord injury. Aylesbury also has a mental health treatment centre within the town.
The town of Aylesbury has three large industrial estates which are home to a number of businesses. There are many employment opportunities within the town in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, retail and administration. There are two railway stations within Aylesbury which provide convenient services to London and other parts of the UK. The town is also served by road via the A41, A413 and A418.
Aylesbury is one of 6 Cycling Demonstration towns in England. Buckinghamshire County Council promotes the use of cycling amongst the general public. There are great facilities for cyclists, such as bike lockers, bike stands as well as Tiger and Toucan road crossings.
Aylesbury boasts Gemstone Cycleways. These are a network of routes which run from Aylesbury town centre to various locations around the town, including Stone, Bierton, Wendover and Watermead. There is a magazine which was published to accompany the routes.