COUNCILLOR Warren Morgan said his record on council house building was “not really good enough” but said his administration was doing all it could.

The council leader took part in a live Q&A on Twitter yesterday.

He faced questions online for an hour ahead of today’s annual council budget meeting which will set the city’s tax and spending policies for the year ahead.

In addition to council houses he was asked about Brexit and homelessness – and had to deal with one resident’s demand for a council tax rebate because of missed bin collections.

Cllr Morgan said the administration had done “amazing” work protecting frontline services in the face of Government- imposed cuts.

The Q&A started at 2pm yesterday and Cllr Morgan soon faced a barbed question on housebuilding.

Mike Wallis asked: “When are we likely to see a significant amount of new homes built in the city? Will any of them be affordable?”

Cllr Morgan replied that 130 had been built this year, the most in 30 years, and that more were on the way.

Mr Wallis then asked: “Is building 130 homes per year good enough?”

Cllr Morgan replied: “Not really, but the cap on Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing as well as land costs and constraints mean we are constrained – we are doing all we can.”

Another Twitter user asked: “Will we get a council tax rebate for the missed recycling collections and when will the council finally sort them out?”

Cllr Morgan apologised and said sometimes technical problems meant missed collections were unavoidable.

This afternoon at Hove Town Hall, full council will meet to discuss plans for the coming financial year.

The Labour administration has proposed a budget with a six per cent council tax increase and £13 million of cuts in order to balance the books which they are legally required to do.

The Conservative Party is expected to support the minority administration’s plans, in exchange for a six-figure sum allocated to youth projects.

But the meeting could still run late, with amendments from the Green Party expected to include requests for sizeable sums for housebuilding and ecological projects.