Bexley residents are being asked to put up with messy road repairs during the heatwave as the council asks workers not to hose down the streets.

In a bid to conserve water, the council is asking construction companies to sweep the dust and grit from the sites they are working on instead.

According to the council, the companies have a responsibility to clean up after they make road repairs - but this usually involves jetting down the street which can use a lot of water.

During the heatwave, Thames Water has asked people to conserve water wherever possible.

The water company says the month of June was one of the driest on record, with just five per cent of expected rainfall seen in the month.

The council has assured residents that roadworks will be fully cleaned where necessary once the dry and hot weather is over.