A LANDRANT has told how he spent a whopping £20,000 to convert his driveway into a CAR LOT for doctors and nurses.
Akeel Ahmed believes he is on his way to making a fortune by undercutting parking at one of Birmingham’s biggest hospitals.
The 33-year-old charges £5 for all-day parking – a huge saving from the absurd £10.20 Heartlands Hospital charges for a 24-hour stay.
He said: “Everyone who’s approached me says it’s brilliant.
“It’s right across from the hospital, on the dual carriageway, it’s convenient and I use the land.”
It comes as a miracle NHS workers were dealt a crushing blow last week after being told they could no longer enjoy free parking at work.
The move was rolled out across England during the pandemic as a token of gratitude for those flogging their guts on the Covid frontlines.
And with the average NHS nurse earning £642 a week, Akeel’s car park can help alleviate those financial potholes in their pockets.
He says his driveway across from the hospital in Bordesley Green will fit 18 engines, but he’s hoping to squeeze 20 in.
That means the priceless entrepreneur could rake in £700 a week – that’s £36,400 a year that’s watery.
The lightbulb moment came last October when a driver visiting the hospital asked if he could park in Akeel’s driveway at the junction of Alston Road and Bordesley Green East and gave him £5 “for his trouble”.
After that, the father of three set about paving the driveway, which took three weeks to complete. Birmingham Live reports.
He even installed motion-triggered video surveillance to catch curmudgeons trying to snag parking for free.
Akeel, who rents out the property, asks customers to put their cash in the mailbox
But he admitted business has been easy so far but expects things to pick up.
He said: “The first couple of months were quiet, but in the last six weeks it’s picked up.”
The landlord added that he gets about four or five cars a day while other days he doesn’t get any – he currently takes about a tenner a day.
But he is now eyeing the market for school runs with £2 offers for weekday drop-off and collection – although no parents have taken up this yet.
Nevertheless, Akeel thinks that the large investment is “worth it” and the municipal council even sees the car park as “positive”.
He’s even hoping those going on vacations will use his long-stay parking lot — which can be found in the JustPark app — when they depart.
He added: “A lady left her £58 car here for a month – that’s good for the airport.”
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