Residents feel like they are “banging their heads against a brick wall” over all-night construction noise near their homes.
Southwick residents have complained about noise coming from the steel processing plant at Fishersgate Terminal in Shoreham Port.
One described enduring noise at the weekend as “soul destroying”.
Mary Saunders, of Southwick, said: “There’s constant scraping and beeping 24 hours a day.
“No one seems to be doing anything about it.
“We’re banging our heads against a brick wall and you just have to take each day as it comes.”
She was speaking after a public meeting set up by Shoreham Port to hear public concerns about the work.
Around 75 people attended, including Shoreham Port chief executive Rodney Lunn.
In response Shoreham Port has agreed to help set up a meeting with residents and Adur District Council to resolve the issue.
A Port spokesman said: “We have every sympathy with those residents affected and will do what we can to help the parties reach agreement on what is acceptable.”
An Adur District Council spokesman said: “We have noise monitoring equipment installed in residents’ homes around the area in question to help us get a level on, and understanding of, the issue. “We’re also actively working with the company concerned.”