We can only sympathise with Richard Paddon and his disturbed nights. There are few things worse than being rudely awakened from a deep sleep in the small hours.
He is one of those Cosham people who have had to endure the middle-of-the-night racket as work continues to rebuild Northern Road Bridge.
Mr Paddon was so angry that, wearing his dressing gown, he stormed out of his home and confronted the site manager.
He says: ‘They were apologetic about it, but said the work had to be done.’
Full marks to Portsmouth City Council, which then apologised and paid for Mr Paddon and his partner to stay at the Marriott Hotel for two nights.
But he is not the only one. Martin Griff, who also lives at Vectis Way, says: ‘It drags it out of you when you have a full-time job and can’t sleep because you’re constantly being woken up.
‘We knew work on the bridge was going to happen, but weren’t told it was going to happen throughout the night.’
That’s the problem. Forewarned is forearmed.
If only the city council had warned residents at the various community meetings held in the run-up to project starting that they would be doing the noisiest work during the most anti-social hours, at least they could have tried to do something about it.
Cosham councillor Aiden Gray is another whose sleep has been ruined.
He says: ‘No-one from the council thought to mention this late-night work was going to happen at any of the Northern Road Bridge community meetings.
‘It’s poor management by the council.’
The authority is caught between a rock and a hard place.
Yes, it has to do the work when trains are not running – between 2am and 4am – but surely it should have made that clear from the beginning and told residents the dates when it would happen?
That way they could have made alternative arrangements: moved out for a few nights; switched to another room, or at least had time to invest in some earplugs.