It's fair to say the discussion that followed wasn't the most coherent, although Cllr Keith Gregory's contribution raising the first round of applause. He'd actually spoken to a traveller family who had made it clear they didn't want to move to Chirk for a number of reasons, not least the distance from that site to the nearest Catholic schools in town.
Those who had visited the three sites were in no doubt that the Brymbo site had access problems as well as practical issues because it was next to a sewage plant.
The Chirk site also has an issue in that there is now a confidential proposal for a large and ambitious project of national significance for the same site that could create 70 new jobs. This, we felt as Plaid councillors, materially altered the situation for the Chirk site.
The process to shortlist these three has not been easy - 700 potential sites were whittled down over more than a year until it became 15, then seven and then finally three. All, the officers conceded, had potential problems and chief planning officer Lawrence Isted was honest enough to say "there's no such thing as a perfect gipsy site."
There's no doubt in my mind that the best option is to extend the existing Ruthin Road site, even though this could involve years of wrangling over buying more land.
Taking this clear route was looking increasingly unlikely with one proposal being made to re-consider the shortlist of seven. Things took a turn for the worse when it was suggested the committee recommended a shortlist of 15 to the Executive Board - a buckpassing exercise.
Cllr Carrie Harper cut to the chase with a one-sentence amendment that both the Chirk and Brymbo sites be taken off the shortlist.
The vote was narrowly lost 9-10, so the shortlist of three sites has gone forward to the Executive Board, who will no doubt be bombarded with letters and e-mails from all three areas.