A building at the heart of the community in Princes Risborough that had fallen into disrepair has been restored to its former glory following a two-year refurbishment project. 

The Market House in the centre of the town has now been returned to community use after a full revamp of the building - which included ripping out the "ugly" additions to the ground floor, restoring it to its pre-war glory, and installing a new iron staircase. 

The town's MP, John Bercow, joined chairman of Wycombe District Council, Cllr Suzanne Brown, Princes Risborough mayor Cllr Matthew Walsh and other supporters, officially reopened the newly refurbished building on October 20 and unveiled a plaque. 

He said: “Through the leadership of the town council, local residents and community groups can now benefit from this newly refurbished focal point in the centre of town.

"Princes Risborough, a place on the southern edge of my constituency, is somewhere where I am always made to feel incredibly welcome.

"This town and its community is one that translates ‘community’ from a word to a deed." 

A number of special open days are expected to be held in the coming months so residents can see the results of the refurbishment. 

Enquiries for hire of the community room can be made direct to the town council via its website www.princesrisborough.com.