Owners of derelict properties in an Ayrshire town could be issued with compulsory purchase orders.
Many of the town's buildings have become derelict
A regeneration company is teaming up with North Ayrshire Council to crack down on people in the Ardrossan area who allow properties to rot.
They accused owners and developers of crucifying efforts of local people to improve the town, which was last year shortlisted for a "carbuncle" award.
It is hoped this will be the first step in the transformation of the town.
The Irvine Bay Regeneration Company is behind the move.
Last year Ardrossan was one of six Scottish towns shortlisted for design magazine Prospect's carbuncle award.