Surrey often carries the stereotype of residents needing to be filthy rich to live in our beautiful county, while other things synonymous with the area include cyclists and potholes.
These were some of the key themes when we set SurreyLive Facebook readers the following challenge: Say you’re from Surrey without actually saying you’re from Surrey.
Here are some of the things they told us…
‘Terrible road surfaces and potholes’
This was a common theme among our readers, with many bemoaning the state of the Surrey roads.
In fact, we reported in 2019 that Surrey and Hampshire were named among the worst regions in the UK for potholes, according to a list by a cycling charity.
One reader said: “The town of potholes and high-rise buildings still in progress,” while another added: “My town is full of potholes and roadworks that appear at least once every month (or every week).”
‘People assume we’re all posh and rich’
It really does seem this stereotype is going to be a hard one to brush off. And while many celebrities do choose to reside in our county and there are often expensive 4x4s spotted driving around, it is not the same for most of us.
“Mummy has a white Range Rover, I have a Fiat 500 and Daddy pays all our bills,” one SurreyLive reader quipped.
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‘The cost of properties’
Being so close to London with stunning countryside also on our doorstep, Surrey residents inevitably get less for their buck.
One reader replied: “A two-bedroom house costs a million pounds.”
Best get saving then…
‘High council tax’
The cost of Surrey’s council tax was another common theme among our readers.
In February, we reported that households will pay an extra £37 on average in council tax to Surrey County Council in the next financial year, and that’s with the rise being limited this year.
‘The hills are alive with the sound of cyclists’
With our stunning countryside comes the popularity of outdoor pursuits.
And the county has seen an increase in cyclists since the London Olympics in 2012 when Box Hill near Dorking was used by the Olympic cyclists. And cycling enthusiasts can now follow the same route, which has proven very popular.
‘I’m a supermarket snob’
The aforementioned 4x4s are often seen parked up in certain high-end supermarkets, where Surrey parents often choose to do their weekly food shop.
I think I will stick to Tesco, thanks…
‘We call woodlice cheesybobs’
It’s well known locally that we call these common little creatures “cheesybobs”, and have done for decades.
The comical term apparently originated from Guildford, but no one is completely sure where it came from.