A SENIOR marketing manager to improve Barnsley's image and drive forward its economic strategy has not been found - prompting the authority to re-advertise the job.

The £70,000-a-year post was advertised on Barnsley Council's website, and its closing date for applications was in January.

But despite a number of people being considered, no appointment has been made.

Cllr Steve Houghton said the job will be re-advertised this year as the post is key to driving forward the town's economic strategy.

"The first round of appointments were not what we had anticipated and we will try again," he added.

A council spokesman confirmed no appointment had yet been made.

He said: "The vacancy will be re-advertised and, until an appointment is made, the council will examine the possibility of providing an interim solution."

It would be the successful candidate's responsibility to improve the image and perception of Barnsley at local, national and international levels, and 'positively contribute' towards inward investment, business growth and increasing visitor numbers.

They would also be responsible for working with the borough's businesses to deliver Barnsley's economic strategy.