CONCERNS have been raised over speeding vehicles outside a new housing estate.

County councillor Gordon Stewart, who represents Prudhoe South, said he had received a number of reports of vehicles speeding past the entrance to the Cottier Grange estate.

Coun. Stewart has contacted both Northumbria Police and the county council in a bid to stop drivers flouting the speed limit in the area.

He said: “I have received numerous reports of vehicles travelling at very excessive speeds as they either leave or arrive in the town on the B6395 beside the Cottier Grange estate entrance.

“I have contacted the police who are increasing their level of attention in the area.

“I’ve also spoken to Northumberland County Council officers with a view to the 30mph limit being extended.

“However, this will take a long time due to the need for a public consultation.

“I would like to ask drivers to please observe the speed limits.”

The road has been the scene of tragedy in the past.

In 2013, a motorist was sentenced to five years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving after killing a woman and her dog while speeding on the same stretch of road.

Kathleen Heslop (64) was walking her dog Trudy near their home when they were hit and killed by the car, travelling at around 50mph.