1886 --- Winchelsea's local government,
the historic Corporation of Winchelsea, was deprived
of its civil and judicial powers under the Municipal
Corporations Act of 1883. Although Winchelsea expected
to become a parish on its own, it was merged under the
Divided Parishes Act of 1882 into the Parish of Icklesham.
Residents of Winchelsea were denied their lawful right
to make representations and a legal challenge failed.
1952 --- Winchelsea Beach is transferred
from the Parish of Pett to the Parish of Icklesham.
2000 --- Rother District Council undertakes
a Review of Parish Boundaries and Electoral Arrangements
ahead of the Local Government Commission's Periodic
Electoral Review. 130 residents of Winchelsea make representations
to Rother District Council in support of Winchelsea
becoming a separate parish. Eight residents oppose the
proposal. Rother District Council does not acknowledge
any of the representations (contrary to its own code
of practice). It is rumoured that the matter came before
the District Council, but was buried after an intervention
by Councillor Keith Glazier (District Councillor for
the area that includes Winchelsea but a former Parish
Councillor for Icklesham ward).
2004 --- A public meeting in Winchelsea
on 29 November 2004 renews calls for a separate parish
and agrees overwhelmingly to ask the District Council
for a referendum. New representations are made by residents.
March 2006 --- Rother District Council
announces a Review of Parishing Arrangements in Icklesham
Parish in response to letters from residents of Winchelsea
calling for a separate parish, but refuses a referendum
in favour of a questionnaire.
July 27, 2006 --- A Parish Poll is
called by residents of Winchelsea. Each ward of Icklesham
Parish is asked “Do you wish your ward to become
a separate parish?” Winchelsea votes 65% in favour:
other wards vote against.
November 16, 2006 --- Rother District
Council’s Licensing and General Purposes Committee
considers the Review produced by officers --- which
offers no recommendation --- and defers a decision until
the implications of the White Paper on local government
reform become clearer.