RESIDENTS near the Tai Kok Tsui reclamation site kicked up a stink yesterday over pollution problems which have plagued them for the past three years. They are particularly angry about a stream of filthy, stagnant water in front of their homes which has turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Yesterday, protesters called on the Government to force irresponsible contractors to clear out the water and sewage which is trapped by huge sandbanks. Residents also complained the area was infested by rats because contractors had allowed the site to turn into a dumping ground. The Tai Kok Tsui District Resident Livelihood Concern Society handed in a 1,000-signature petition yesterday demanding the site be cleaned up every week. It is believed around 40,000 people living in the densely populated streets nearby are affected by the pollution. Leung Chiu-shing, 43, action group vice-president, said: 'The residents are very angry about this. It is very unpleasant. 'It is an old residential area and since the reclamation started in 1992 the environment has become totally unacceptable. The pollution has got even worse this year. 'It smells very bad. The other main problems are filthy water, rubbish, mosquitoes and rats. This is the third time we have complained to the Government, but they ignore us.' Resident Shirley Sing Lai-chan, 45, pointed out a lobby ceiling in nearby Chung Wui Street which was covered in mosquitoes. 'The smell was disgusting in the summer. There are also mosquitoes and rats. It is a real health hazard. It could affect babies,' she said. Legislative Council complaints officer Charles Foo Yee-sang said: 'We accept it is unsatisfactory. We will continue to take this case up with the Environmental Protection and Territory Development departments.'