As the count for the Sheffield local elections continues, the news of Terry Fox’s resignation “shouldn’t be surprising”, a councillor says.

The news followed the leak of a report criticising the council’s handling of the tree felling scandal.

Douglas Johnson, the councillor for City Ward and speaker for the Green Group, said: “It shouldn’t be a real surprise in the light of the real damming report and the scathing way the council went about dealing with the tree felling in Sheffield.”

He says he had expected the announcement to take place after the election results had been published, but that Cllr Fox’s resignation was “much better for the city” as it forces the political parties to work together.

Cllr Johnson added: “Terry Fox was, to many people, the very soul of the old Labour that wanted to run Sheffield in a very authoritative way for many years.

“It’s almost like it doesn’t matter what happens today — the structural change is irreversible.”

Meanwhile, Labour Party councillors have been silent regarding the resignation and have not agreed to speak about it.