Rubbish collections will be scrutinised by the public for the first time since the city council retook control of the service.

Deputy chief executive Alan McCarthy and officers responsible for waste management in Brighton and Hove will answer questions at a public meeting.

Residents in the Brunswick and Adelaide areas of Hove will also be able to quiz them about street cleaning services.

It is the first time that city council bosses will have put themselves up for public scrutiny since the council sacked its former contractor Sita for failing to deliver a proper service.

The meeting is a follow-up to one organised by local councillors in the summer when more than 100 angry residents demanded a better service.

Since then the council has taken refuse and street cleansing back in-house.

LibDem councillor Paul Elgood, who will chair the meeting, said: "The last meeting was at the height of the bin crisis in the summer.

"Many people were then rightly angry about the way in which the council ran the service through Sita.

"The council has now taken it back in-house at an additional cost of £3 million.

"We want to see if the service has improved and if residents feel they are getting value for money.

"Brunswick and Adelaide saw the worst of the mess created by the last contract.

"We want to hear from local residents to see if progress has been made and what issues still need addressing."

The meeting takes place at The Old Market, Upper Market Street, on January 15, at 5.45pm.