Residents believe they may have found an alternative to a supermarket in their high street - a people's supermarket.

Community groups are exploring the possibility of having an ethical store at the former site of the Lewes Road community garden in Brighton.

The idea of a people's supermarket run by volunteers and selling local, fresh produce was recently explored in a Channel 4 TV series and residents say they are keen to explore alternatives to a nationwide chain store moving there.

One option would see volunteers pay a fee to join the supermarket and in return for working for free they would be given discounts.

Community gardeners were removed from the site in September and developer Alburn Minos began building apartments and shops there despite Tesco withdrawing plans to move in.

A meeting to discuss the possibility of a people's supermarket will be held on Wednesday April 13 from 6.30pm at the Friends' Meeting House in Ship Street, Brighton.