A pub's licensing hours have been extended to midnight on Sundays despite fears about increased noise.

The Junction Pub, in Junction Road, Burgess Hill, was granted an extension of its Sunday licence by Mid Sussex District Council Licensing Committee last night.

Burgess Hill Town Council had objected on the grounds that longer Sunday opening hours would lead to increased disturbances in the area.

However, no complaints about noise from the pub had been recorded and Sussex police did not raise any objections.

A pub spokesman, who preferred not to be named, said: "We are delighted they have given the go-ahead to the licence.

"This can only help our business.

"We already have a late licence for Friday and Saturday nights and we are always careful to keep the noise down and clear up after people have gone along the street."

Junction Road resident Anne Williams, who lives about 50 metres from the pub, did not think the extended hours would cause problems.

She said: "I don't notice the noise any more, except in summer when we have our windows open and they have theirs open.

"It might bother people who live further down the road.

"We would not say it is a good thing, but it is moving with the times.

"I think it is a shame they have to be open at that time on a Sunday anyway."