PAUL Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, is one of Britain's top ten councillors.

Paul, from Sandhurst, was ranked number six by trade magazine Local Government Chronicle.

He said: "I am honoured. This says a lot for the members and officers at Bracknell Forest Council and all the hard work they do.

"To be ranked at number six, amongst some of the most well-known councillors in the country, is quite an achievement."

The magazine commented that: "Paul is another deal-maker and risk-taker, who forged a good relationship with ministers as chairman of the Housing Executive of the Local Government Association.

"He is known for his grasp of the importance of communications, and has put Bracknell Forest on the map for its work in e-government."