In 1968 Little Clacton Parish Council purchased 7.2 acres at Plough Corner for £1,000. Further land was acquired in 1974 for £3,100 with a view to providing the village with a recreational field. Part of the land was then sold to The Post Office and Essex County Council for £9,000 and at a meeting of the Parish Council, Parishioners decided to use the sale proceeds to commence construction of a pavilion, the shell of which was completed in 1977.
With monies raised from use of the field, together with Grants, a floodlit all-weather sports area and tennis court was installed costing £48,000 and the complex was opened in 1988. With further Grants and match funding a new toilet block and additional changing rooms were added in 2007.
A Youth and Community Hall is on the southern side of the site facing a youth meeting shelter, and was for some years used as a Youth Club. Whilst the Youth Club has now closed the facility has proved popular with many local organisations as a meeting hall. By 2009 the Parish Council decided a major upgrading of the hall was required together with new toilets and kitchen. The opportunity was also taken to incorporate an additional Meeting room and Parish Office. With grants and match funding the project was commenced and completed in 2010. The extended and refurbished Hall is now very suitable for Functions, Clubs and other meetings.
A management committee of local residents is responsible for the day to day management of the complex on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Parish Fields complex is accessed by a private road and now comprises a Sports Pavilion with showers, changing rooms and toilet block, 15 acres of playing fields, floodlit all weather court and tennis court (available free to local residents during daylight hours), a Memorial Garden, Youth and Community Hall, Parish Office, Meeting Room and car park.
Income from the hire of the Hall, playing fields, car boot sales and other events enable the complex to be self funding and the management committee endeavour to maintain and improve the facilities to a high standard.
Contact details :- Hire of Youth and Community Hall – Mrs Audrey Wood – 01255 862063
Groundsman and Football bookings – Mr Graham Bush – 01255 860258
Chairman – Parish Fields committee – Mr Ray Bellamy – 01255 860889
Vice-Chairman – Mr John Cutting – 01255 862087