I set my alarm for 9 o'clock this morning. However I woke an hour early to the sound of a different kind of alarm - heavy machinery breaking up the road outside. When I got out of bed the floor was shaking. Apart from the obvious annoyance I felt, I also felt unwell as at the moment I have a low tolerance to sound due to an injury I incurred earlier in the year. I'm now sitting at work with a thumping headache. Do the workmen building the tram system really have to produce that level of noise at that time in the morning?
Other days I've woken up at 8am to the sound of a circular saw cutting into concrete, a horrible sound to anyone's ears. Also one night there were workmen outside our house digging up the road until way after midnight. I assume this was to make emergency repairs to the water system, but there had been problems with water pressure in our house for the previous fortnight so why couldn't these repairs have been carried out earlier, and at a more suitable time of day?
I'm not complaining about the actual work being done, just the times of day this work is carried out coupled with the amount of noise it produces. If there was a loud party in my house Environmental Health Officers would be round here in a shot, yet residents are expected to put up with the noise of roadworks at very unsociable times of the day. Is the problem of noise going to be addressed or should we expect no change?