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Ross, Loch

The southernmost of three narrow ornamental lochans which appear to be expansions of the Gogar Burn in Edinburgh Park, Loch Ross is located between commercial properties on Lochside Crescent and Lochside Avenue, a half-mile (0.8 km) south southeast of Gogar Roundabout and 4½ miles (7 km) west southwest of the city centre. The lochan is named after Bill Ross, dynamic head of Edinburgh City Council's property and development company, who initiated the development of Edinburgh Park but died in 1996. He is remembered by a bronze plaque next to the lochan. Despite appearances, the lochs are actually maintained with recirculated mains water because high pollutant levels in the Gogar Burn resulting from agricultural runoff could harm wildlife. The Burn is therefore diverted into a culvert rather than passing through the lochs.


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