NEW speed limit signs are gradually appearing outside schools across the county, but concerns have been raised about the order in which the roll-out is taking place.

In November 2015 Northumberland County Council announced a £1m scheme to put limits of 20mph outside all schools.

Speed signs indicating the new speed restrictions have recently been placed outside of several schools in east Tynedale, including Prudhoe West Academy and Broomhaugh First School which were completed by the start of the last school term.

But at the last Prudhoe Town Council meeting Coun. Bryan Futers raised concerns that the new limits had still not been placed outside of Mickley First School.

He said: “Mickley First School has been waiting just as long as Prudhoe West.

“It’s an A road; it’s a fast road compared to the west school.”

He added that parents had raised concerns about it when he was at the school picking up his grandchildren.

However, county councillor Anne Dale explained that roadworks, which had been taking place on the A695 to install dark fibre cables, had caused delays with the 20mph roll-out in Mickley.

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said the limit at Mickley First School was due to be implemented during the summer holidays.

Meanwhile plans are in progress for the implementation of the scheme outside Stocksfield First School. A consultation event held on Tuesday last week at the cricket club was gathering the views of parents and residents on how far the new speed limit should stretch.