Mum’s anger at noisy night roadworks in Portsmouth

DISTURBANCE Michaela Mould, with her three-year-old son Leo, is annoyed with contractor Colas after it failed to warn residents about late-night works in Milton Road near her home. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133573-2)
DISTURBANCE Michaela Mould, with her three-year-old son Leo, is annoyed with contractor Colas after it failed to warn residents about late-night works in Milton Road near her home. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133573-2)

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A RESIDENT says she is angry after being left exhausted when late-night works kept her awake.

Michaela Mould was awoken on December 16 by loud drilling and digging on Milton Road in Portsmouth.

The roadworks, which started at about 11pm, continued for more than an hour.

Highways contractor Colas carried out the work over two nights.

Michaela, who lives just off Milton Road, said she was tempted to call the police.

She said: ‘The noise during the night was awful.

‘It was very loud and made it impossible for me to sleep while it was happening.

‘I felt like the whole block of flats was vibrating.

‘I almost called the police it was that disturbing.’

The next morning, Michaela contacted Colas to complain and found out warning notices should have been posted through her door warning her and her neighbours of the roadworks that were due to be carried out.

She added: ‘I spoke to someone at Colas and they said that a notice had been sent to houses along Milton Road but my neighbours and I never received them.

‘We had one delivered about day works that are also taking place but not the night ones. They said they had missed us.’

Michaela’s block of flats are hidden slightly from the road but she said they are still as close as other houses along Milton Road.

‘Admittedly, some people do miss our flats but I find it strange how they delivered one notice to us, but not another,’ said Michaela.

‘And when I phoned them, they didn’t offer any compensation and weren’t very apologetic. This isn’t the first time I have had to deal with them either.’

A spokeswoman from Colas said: ‘We have identified a failure to notify Mrs Mould and are investigating to establish how this happened.

‘We have apologised to her and will take all possible steps to ensure no future recurrence.’